CIA accused of tracking Western Union, MoneyGram transfers
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States has been accused of secretly collecting bulk records of money transfers to the Caribbean and other places handled by companies like Western Union and MoneyGram.
Government officials said the transfers include transactions into and out of the United States under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records.
The New York Times, quoting several current and former government officials, said the programme is authorised by provisions in the Patriot Act and overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the CIA, declined to confirm whether such a programme exists, but said that the agency conducts lawful intelligence collection aimed at foreign activities and that it is subject to extensive oversight.
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