Egypt crash shows key role surveillance can play: analysts

Tourists arrive at the airport in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 6, 2015Intelligence intercepts that suggested Russia’s Metrojet airliner might have been bombed show how surveillance by US and British spies can be used to shed light on suspected militant attacks, experts say. The US National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s GCHQ accumulate massive amounts of intercepted telephone and electronic communications, as revealed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, which has raised fears over privacy and civil liberties. The Times and the Daily Telegraph reported Friday that the NSA and GCHQ had intercepted telephone calls recorded before the plane catastrophe last Saturday.

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