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NSA Director Alexander: Wiretap Claims “False”

During his testimony in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee today, NSA Director Keith Alexander said Snowden’s claims that he could wiretap anyone he wanted to and at any time are “false.” via ThinkProgress

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) asked directly, “I saw an interview in which Mr. Snowden claimed that due to his position at NSA he could tap into virtually any American’s phone call or e-mails. True or false?” Alexander responded unequivocally, “False, I know of no way to do that.”

Collins’ appeared to be referencing a statement made by Snowden in an interview where he claimed “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal e-mail.”

You don’t necessarily have to take General Alexander’s word for it.

Former analysts and lawyers for the agency have also stated that some of Snowden’s claims are a “complete and utter falsehood.”

Of course, if you really believe a systems administrator at Booz Allen had the authority to wiretap the President of the United States, there may be no convincing you otherwise.

  • “Edward Snowden Tells South China Morning Post: U.S. Has Been Hacking Hong Kong And China Since 2009”

    Snowden is a traitorous fool.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Interesting choice of date, because, of course, we had no interest in spying on China before the rise of the Evil Kenyan Marxist Usurper.

    • JimmyAbra

      As if we all didn’t assume this? Is this lik “revealing” that we have issued assignations?

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Glenn Greenwald. Edward Snowden. Alex Jones.

    The Three Stooges of misplaced, ego driven, paranoia.

  • trgahan

    Snowden’s actions are looking more premeditated (he saw an avenue at BAH to access to the NSA servers), illegal (either hacked it from inside or used someone with higher clearance login info), or just made up.

    If Snowden turns out to be an agenda driven mole instead of a whistleblower caught in a bad he still a hero?

    • D_C_Wilson

      To wingnuts (and Greenwald), he could sell US nuclear secrets to China and still be a hero in their eyes because he opposes the Evil Kenyan Marxist Usurper.

  • nathkatun7

    The followers of Glenn Greenwald, and now Edward Snowden, are “True Believers.” Neither logic nor truth would dissuade them from their conviction that the government is listening in conversations, and opening e-mails, of all Americans, and probably of every person in the entire world. As Eric Hoffa wrote “True Believers are absolutely certain about things they do not know.”