WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency (NSA) has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents the Washington Post obtained from Edward Snowden.
The Post reports that most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order.
The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia after fleeing the US, has leaked a trove of documents that shows a vast NSA surveillance system that violates many basic understandings on privacy.
In one of the latest documents revealed, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Read the full story at the Washington Post HERE.
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The NSA's National Security Operations Center