MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) — The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been intercepting the emails of US and UK media employees, the Guardian reported Monday citing a new batch of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The mass email interception is believed to be part of the agency's text exercise. GCHQ captured both simple PR mails and confidential correspondence between reporters and editors –it is as yet unclear whether or not journalists were targeted specifically.
According to other documents released by Snowden, GCHQ lists investigative journalists as a security threat alongside terrorists and hackers.
The British GCHQ has repeatedly found itself in the middle of eavesdropping scandals the most recent of which implied an alleged cyberattack of a senior employee at the German Chancellery.
Earlier this week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said British intelligence agencies should be able to read every form of communications, including those on social networking sites, to be able to prevent major terror attacks.