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The CIA is paying AT&T 10-million dollars a year for access to vast databases of customer phone records.

That's according to a report today in the New York Times.

The newspaper cites anonymous government sources in the report.

It says AT&T provides the spy agency with call data from phone numbers the agency believes are connected with overseas terrorism suspects.

The arrangement not only covers the calls of AT&T customers, but also any call that travels through its telecom infrastructure.

The report says while most of the calls in question are made overseas.... Some calls to and from the U.S. Are included in the data haul.

Because the CIA is not allowed to spy on Americans living in the U.S., the identities of those callers are masked.

In some cases, the FBI may issue an administrative subpoena to compel AT&T to provide uncensored data.

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