In response to a Washington Post report that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said in a statement:

“We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide. We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems. We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.”