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What Is a FOIA Request? And Why Is S02L3 Always Bugging Us?

Freedom of Information Act requests to NSA more than doubled in the wake of New York Times reporting that the agency was conducting warrantless wiretapping of Americans, from around 800 in a typical year to more than 1,600 in the first half of 2006. In this SIDToday post from 1 June 2006, a staff member from the responsible department explains their “dirty job”: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Edward Snowden’s statement on the release of his email to NSA Office of General Counsel

Originally published in the Washington Post, 29 May 2014

How do you respond to today’s NSA statement and the release of your email with the Office of General Counsel?

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.”

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