An unnamed top National Security Agency (NSA) official had a stark internal disagreement with then-director Keith Alexander in 2009 over the bulk metadata program, according to a new report by the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday.
The official warned that the program put the agency into new and unlawful territory, saying that if it was made public, it would cause an enormous backlash.
That person, who has retired and spoke to the AP under condition of anonymity, said “he knows of no evidence the program was used for anything other than hunting for terrorism plots in the US. But he said he and others made the case that the collection of American records in bulk crossed a line that had been sacrosanct.”
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