Foreign secretary William Hague has dismissed claims that GCHQ is illegally snooping on UK citizens. He stated that any data obtained by the UK from US involving UK national is subjected to UK statutory controls and safeguards.
This follows the leaking of US documents by Edward Snowden, an employee of management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, which have sparked an international privacy row. Shares in Booz have dropped by around four per cent, reducing the firm's market capitalisation by over $100m.
Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that GCHQ acts within the law. Hague speaking yesterday: