Stories published in The New York Times over the past weekend put two huge companies on defense.
A Saturday piece reported that AT&T had assisted the National Security Agency “spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic.” Specifically, the article asserts that AT&T has given the agency access to “billions of emails” and provided technical assistance for wiretapping.
In the article itself, an A&T spokesman simply said the company doesn’t comment on matters of national security. The company added a little more in its response to CNN Money, saying “that it only provides information to investigative agencies through a court order or ‘other mandatory process,’ unless a person’s life is in danger and ‘time is of the essence.'”