The National Security Agency monitored nearly 125 billion phone calls in just one month, according to a number of new reports.
And while the majority of calls reportedly originated in the Middle East, an estimated 3 billion of the calls originated in the U.S.
According to a collection of the reports and leaked classified government files, the monitored calls took place throughout the month of January 2013 and tallied to 124.8 billion.
Cryptome, a site that posts government and corporate documents, combined the various documents and says the largest share of calls originated in Afghanistan (21.98 billion) and Pakistan (12.76 billion). Elsewhere in the Middle East, billions of calls were monitored in Iraq (7.8 billion), Saudi Arabia (7.8 billion), Egypt (1.9 billion), Iran (1.73 billion) and Jordan (1.6 billion).
So, if true, how did the U.S. successfully intercept so many phone calls from around the world? Another document posted by Cryptome on Wednesday purports to show a graph releasedRead More »from NSA spied on 124.8 billion phone calls in just one month: watchdog