More fuel has been added to the alleged US spying scandal.
The Washington Post is reporting claims that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been hacking into Google and Yahoo data links worldwide.
The information was then sifted by a programme called MUSCULAR.
The NSA chief has denied the allegations:
“Not to my knowledge!” said General Keith Alexander, Director of National Security Agency.
“That’s never happened! In fact, there was this allegation last June that NSA was tapping into the servers of Yahoo or Google or our industry reps. It would be illegal for us to do that and so I don’t know what the report is, but I can tell you factually, we do not have access to Google servers, Yahoo servers.”
The accusations come from yet more leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The NSA already has front door access to Google and Yahoo accounts via the court approved programme PRISM.
But the MUSCULAR programme is said to operate outside the US and is unregulated.