Silicon Valley spy games

The likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft may have tried to distance themselves from Prism but technology companies and the intelligence community have been playing together from the start.

Silicon Valley has tried to distance itself from the controversial US surveillance programs exposed by Edward Snowden, but there is a long history of close cooperation between technology companies and the intelligence community.

Former US officials and intelligence sources say the collaboration between the tech industry and spy agencies is both broader and deeper than most people realise, dating back to the formative years of Silicon Valley itself.

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