This undated image, taken from NSA training materials, shows the role played by Executive Order 12333 in authorising the agency’s activities: see the Washington Post article Privacy watchdog’s next target: the least-known but biggest aspect of NSA surveillance, 23 July 2014.
Originally published in the Washington Post, 29 May 2014
The NSA’s new discovery of written contact between me and its lawyers – after more than a year of denying any such contact existed – raises serious concerns. It reveals as false the NSA’s claim to Barton Gellman of the Washington Post in December of last year, that “after extensive investigation, including interviews with his former NSA supervisors and co-workers, we have not found any evidence to support Mr. Snowden’s contention that he brought these matters to anyone’s attention.”
A memorandum providing the executive summary of the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) auditing repoort for the first quarter of 2012: see the Washington Post article NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds, 16 August 2013.