Washington post came out with a report about the NSA having access to servers of the big 9 tech companies, whose products/services are being used by billions of people around the globe. To say it shook the tech world would be an understatement. It was surprising but what followed was a strong response by every major tech company named.
Google, Facebook and Apple came out with almost identical statements which you can read here [google], here [facebook] and here [apple]
What they said was
We do not provide government any kind of access to our servers. Period.
Though they agreed to give access after proper court orders were issued. Google and Facebook went a step ahead and said
“…We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received…” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
“…Until this week’s reports, we had never heard of the broad type of order that Verizon received—an order that appears to have required them to hand over millions of users’ call records. We were very surprised to learn that such broad orders exist…” – Larry Page, Google
Now, to think of it that the heads of major corporations are lying and giving the NSA a backdoor access is a remote possibility but you cannot rule it out altogether. The usage of very similar words adds to suspicion. On the other hand if you happen to read the NSA article that I linked above and scroll down to the very first comment on the website here is what it says
“I think the american public just got punk’d by a well managed prank. Consider, the Department of Transportation’s FAA division does use a software program they call PRISM. It’s a management program that integrates with the computer systems of their vendors. One of the slides gives it away to the alert reader, “Complete list and details on PRISM web page: Go PRISMFAA”. WTF, the FAA web site is the place to go to find out about an NSA operation? I don’t think so. Or, whoever did this may not know what the role of the FAA is within our government. So we are to believe these slides were created on government computers without regard for copyright notices for all those logos. Better yet, why bother with logos? Did anyone else notice that Apple was “added Oct 2012”, one year to the month of Steve Job’s passing? What a coincident. Even the “International Internet Regional Bandwidth Capacity for 2011” values seem way off, say about 11,000 Gbps off. I also have to assume the “Special Source Operations” seal is classified, couldn’t find it in any database of government seals. Even the “SI” annotation is not correct, there should be a qualifier with it (SI-G, would do it). And when did NSA analyst start giving a hoot about how much an operation cost? This punk’n has just enough truth around the edges to alarm us. It’s working. Peace”
Either the US government with every tech company hand in glove is playing the biggest hoax or someone at Washington Post and The Guardian got fooled by someone who’s a big fan of Person of Interest