Sunday, July 06, 2014


(h/t Atrios)
The NSA Said Edward Snowden Had No Access to Surveillance Intercepts. They Lied.
—By Kevin Drum
Sun Jul. 6, 2014 12:45 AM EDT
Mother Jones

For more than a year, NSA officials have insisted that although Edward Snowden had access to reports about NSA surveillance, he didn't have access to the actual surveillance intercepts themselves. It turns out they were lying. In fact, he provided the Washington Post with a cache of 22,000 intercept reports containing 160,000 individual intercepts.

The Post has spent months reviewing these files and estimates that 11 percent of the intercepted accounts belonged to NSA targets and the remaining 89 percent were "incidental" collections from bystanders.

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