National Security Agency via Washington Post The Washington Post reported the latest revelations about NSA surveillance last week, writing that the spy agency intercepted data from Google and Yahoo’s private “clouds” by tapping into fiber optic cables overseas.

And despite NSA pushback stating otherwise, the Post is standing by its story. In light of the data tapping piece, the government’s response took a different tack than what’s been seen over the past several months. It didn’t say the disclosures were damaging to national security or irresponsible; they just flat-out said the stories were wrong.

Asked about reports that the NSA “broke into Google and Yahoo databases worldwide,” Gen. Keith Alexander said flatly “that’s never happened.” He continued, “I can tell you factually we do not have access to Google servers, Yahoo servers.”     

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