Channel 4 News
November 21, 2013
Tony Blair’s government allowed America to store and analyse the email, mobile phone and internet records of potentially millions of innocent Britons, Channel 4 News can reveal.
In 1946, peace was less than a year old. Labour was in power and the wartime signals intelligence service had been renamed as GCHQ. Building on their wartime collaboration, Britain and America signed an agreement that was to prove crucial to the so-called “special relationship”.
They agreed to share intelligence on foreign countries but not to spy on each other’s citizens. Later that was extended to five English-speaking countries, and is known as the “five eyes” agreement.