New PRISM slides say the program allows NSA to eavesdrop on live conversations

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As controversy continues to swirl around whistleblower Edward Snowden and his whereabouts, the Washington Posthas published several more slides from the NSA presentation that the former CIA staffer leaked to both the Post and the Guardian — slides that provide further details about the surveillance program known as PRISM and how it functions.

Among other things, the slides highlight the large discrepancies between the way the program is described and the strenuous denials from tech giants such as Google (s goog), Yahoo (s yhoo), Microsoft (s msft) and Facebook (s fb) about their participation in such a program.

For example, according to annotations from the Post — based on what the newspaper says is its own reporting, as well as other slides that haven’t been published yet — PRISM involves “government equipment on private company property” that is used to retrieve information from “participating companies such as Microsoft or…

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