“When NSA makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers — and aggressively gets to the bottom of it,” Vines said.
When asked why the Post did not publish the story earlier, though the paper said it had the documents for months, spokeswoman Kris Coratti emailed Friday that “it has taken some time to study them and understand the information they contain.”
The AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the NSA on June 17 asking for all copies of “minimization procedures” the agency uses to avoid collecting Internet and telephone data from U.S. citizens. That request sought documents that would also detail how the government purges records that may have been accidentally collected. The AP has yet to receive responsive material, though the NSA agreed to fast-track its request.
Associated Press writers Jesse J. Holland and Jack Gillum in Washington, Nedra Pickler from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Darlene Superville in West Tisbury, Mass., contributed to this report.
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