NSA Responds To New Reports On Top-Secret Spying Program, XKeyscore

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The National Security Agency thinks we have been misled by The Guardian‘s report of a new tool, XKeyscore, that allows agents to read the content of email and private social media chatter.

“Allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are simply not true,” reads a press release issued by the agency today. “Access to XKEYSCORE, as well as all of NSA’s analytic tools, is limited to only those personnel who require access for their assigned tasks.”

Earlier today, The Guardian released details about the previously top-secret surveillance tool, which reportedly allows authorized analysts to search the name, date, and content of internet communications (picture above). The Guardian argues that this power requires no warrant and was given to scores of analysts, such as their informant, Edward Snowden.

“Our tools have stringent oversight and compliance mechanisms built in at several levels,” continues the report. “Not every…

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