AT&T was “very helpful” to the NSA→

The New York Times:

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

Go ahead and file this under “I thought everyone knew this already.”1


  1. This is the same category that the NSA revelations were, and for somewhat similar reasons, I suppose. To people with a certain amount of knowledge of the subject, these things are common knowledge, though unconfirmed. The confirmation gets something akin to a shrug and the occasional “told you so.”