Decision Comes in Wake of Leak
By Harold Hutchison
The National Security Agency will declassify some information on its surveillance program. The move comes in the wake of a controversy sparked by leaks from self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“The National Security Agency is not reading Americans’ email. They are not collecting Americans’ email by either of these programs. I’ve heard it repeated, I’ve heard it repeated by members of Congress and the Senate, I’ve heard it repeated in news outlets. That is absolutely incorrect,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) said to the Washington Examiner after a closed-door hearing with General Keith Alexander, who commands the spy agency.
Alexander took issue with the claims Snowden made, saying they were “incorrect” and stated that a number of attacks had been broken up thanks to the program. Since the story broke last weekend, Snowden’s account of his service in the Army was questioned by the military blog Blackfive.