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NSA ‘inadvertently’ scanned e-mails

VIOLATIONS:Newly declassified documents have raised fresh questions concerning operations by the US spy agency and its collection of screenshots of e-mail accounts

Reuters, WASHINGTON

“For technological reasons NSA was not capable ... and still is not capable of breaking those down into their individual components,” the official said.

According to the officials and a court document which the administration released, the NSA decided to “purge” the material after discovering it was inadvertently collected.

The historically ultra-secretive NSA has recently taken rare steps to openly discuss classified surveillance programs after the Snowden disclosures put the administration of US President Barack Obama on the spot to try and explain that US intelligence agencies were not deliberately spying on Americans and foreign allies.

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