The National Security Agency claims that it cannot release e-mails sent by whistleblower Edward Snowden to his superiors because doing so would violate his privacy.
The spy agency offered this excuse in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from journalist and former Reuters editor Matthew Keys, who sought e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org while Snowden was still working for the NSA.
“In a letter responding to a June 27 FOIA request from The Desk [Keys' web site,] 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,’” Keys wrote. “Other records are being withheld because those documents were ‘also found to be currently and properly classified … and 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.”
It is laughable that the NSA claims it cares about someone’s privacy considering that the spy agency shows absolutely no respect for the privacy of millions of Americans it monitors every day.
“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control,” NSA whistleblower William Binney said at a conference in London. “But I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”
And the NSA is pursuing that goal by collecting data on ordinary, peaceful citizens, which accounts for the vast majority of data the agency has intercepted.
“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the U.S.,” Binney added. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in [because] at least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the U.S.”
“The NSA lies about what it stores.”
And the spy agency is likely lying about why it doesn’t want to release Snowden’s e-mails to Keys; the NSA doesn’t care about Snowden’s privacy or anyone’s privacy for that matter.
The NSA only cares about its ability to control the narrative and paint itself in a good light, both of which the agency cannot do if it releases the e-mails.