David Medine had not been on the job for a week as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board when The Guardian dropped its first of many bombs supplied by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
As Medine described it in a telephone interview Monday, the revelation that the NSA was bulk-collecting the metadata from every phone call made to and from the United States “was sort of a fast-moving train that we decided to jump on.”
“My first week we requested a briefing from the Justice Department. The third week we met in the Situation Room with the president,” Medine said.
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