Well, not British spies …
The old dictum is that the you should never believe anything until it has been officially denied. In that case we can now assume that the security wing of the state is spying on us.
Following the revelation that GCHQ (the UK’s NSA) commissioned 197 reports from the PRISM programme last year, Hague says that they do not “indiscriminately trawl” our emails, and that he has a “high level of confidence” that British intelligence agencies act within the law. Which begs the question: what does the law say then?
Hague didn’t address the obvious fact that the National Stasi Agency is spying on us. If not, how did it come up with 197 intelligence reports? He also deplores the leaks which have happened. Well I deplore foreigners spying on the British people and keeping our emails on their servers. I also should have a reasonable expection that a British Foreign Secretary will tell the feds to back off, but we’re well past the age of government ministers defending our liberties.
Why is the NSA allowed to spy on us and keep our info? Maybe that gets around laws which restrict the spooks at GCHQ: “Hey mate, you do the spying and let us have the info when we call for it.” That’s what it sounds like to me.