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According to a secret document the Washington Post published Monday a court permitted the NSA to collect information about governments in 193 countries and foreign institutions like the World Bank. The certification issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 shows the NSA has the authority to “intercept through U.S. companies not just the communications of its overseas targets. Only four countries in the world — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, were exempt from the agreement. The documents reveal the NSA had even more free rein when it came to surveilling foreign individuals than was previously known.

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