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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure 231

AHuxley (892839) writes "The Desk reports on a FOIA request covering "... all e-mails sent by Edward Snowden" and the NSA's refusal to release all documents. "The National Security Agency has acknowledged it retains a record of e-mail communications from former contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, but says those records are exempt from public disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act. In a letter responding to a June 27 FOIA request from The Desk, the NSA’s chief FOIA officer Pamela Phillips wrote that while the agency has retained records related to Snowden’s employment as a contractor, they are being withheld from public examination because, among other things, releasing the records 'could interfere with law enforcement proceedings, could cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, could reveal the identities of confidential sources or would reveal law enforcement techniques and procedures.' Other records are being withheld because those documents were 'also found to be currently and properly classifiedand remains classified TOP SECRET, SECRET and CONFIDENTIAL.' The letter marks the first time the NSA has publicly acknowledged retaining communication and employment records related to Snowden’s time as a contractor."
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

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  • Re:Snowden's copies? (Score:5, Informative)

    by jopsen ( 885607 ) <> on Sunday July 13, 2014 @02:41PM (#47443777) Homepage
    Yeah, this smells like NSA trying to hide that Snowden did in fact try to bring up the issue through official channels, before he leaked documents to the public.
  • Re:Misuse of FOIA (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kr1ll1n ( 579971 ) on Sunday July 13, 2014 @03:01PM (#47443901)

    God damn you are either incredibly dumb, or an NSA shill.....

    First off, lets begin with this: The Freedom of Information Act is NOT a fishing lure. It is not designed to request all the emails of a certain employee, nor should it. The FOIA is designed for targeted requests for specific information, not blanket demands so conspiracy theorists can try to dig for "evidence." The NSA should have ignored this FOIA act or pointed that out. []

    What can I ask for under the FOIA?

    A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. You can also specify the format in which you wish to receive the records. You should be aware that the FOIA does not require agencies to do research for you, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in response to a request.

    Furthermore, captain fuckface, let me explain how this shit works....

    Second off, this story (and the multitude of Greenwald/Snowden cult of personality reposters) is missing the most important thing in the NSA's response, the last sentence:

    For your information, there are no emails indicating that Mr. Snowden contacted agency officials to raise concerns about NSA programs.

    That's the real story here. The FOIA request was trying to show that Snowden tried to warn the NSA about abuses but they ignored it, the fake story Greenwald and Matthew Keys are trying to push is that the NSA is somehow hiding it, the real story is that Snowden, Libtard hero, never even tried to whistleblow.

    He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

    An FOIA request is made which would either prove, or disprove something in question. In this case they were trying to prove Snowden had attempted to run these abuses up the chain. NSA challenges the FOIA request, and will not produce evidence that they have stated they are in possession of. Remember, if the NSA had done no wrong, the e-mails would prove this.

    Now please go fuck yourself straight to the fiery gates of hell. The US and the rest of the civilized world would do wonders without spineless cowards and traitors of your ilk. You are useful for nothing more than pig food.

  • by Bob9113 ( 14996 ) on Sunday July 13, 2014 @04:06PM (#47444297) Homepage

    who is binney

    But, maybe my previous response was too snarky...

    Sometimes people say, of Snowden, "He should have gone through official channels."

    In 2001, William Binney did exactly that. Ever since then, Binney had been harrassed and prosecuted by the government, and marginalized and ignored by the media -- until Snowden embarrassed the major media with the help of Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian. Binney (and Drake before him) is why Snowden was right not to go through official channels; that method had been tested and found to fail.

  • Re:Snowden's copies? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 13, 2014 @04:52PM (#47444561)

    Snowden said he wrote emails that he can't produce despite taking almost two million documents. You can't explain that away since you are directly challenging him.

    Except the NSA just released one of Snowden's emails questioning the legality of things one or two months ago. They then claimed that was the "only" email they had from him. Now they are saying they have lots but can't release them for some reason. So, the NSA has been caught lying to you yet again and you continue to look the other way. When are you going to pull your head out of your ass?

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