The CIA uses "massive computational engines" that enable the agency "to acquire, federate and position and securely exploit huge volumes of data," Hunt said.
"We fundamentally try to collect everything and hang onto it forever. Forever being in quotes, or course," he said.
In March, Wired magazine reported that the NSA is building a $2 billion data center in Utah. Its purpose is to intercept, decipher, analyze and store the world's communications from satellites and underground and undersea cables of international, foreign and domestic networks.
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