US officials, Edward Snowden clash over emails questioning NSA legality

May 30, 2014 3:08 AM

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US officials, Edward Snowden clash over emails questioning NSA legality

Washington: The Obama administration and former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden offered divergent accounts on Thursday of his efforts to raise concerns about National Security Agency activity more than a year ago, as each side tried to shape the debate over whether the massive leak of classified information was avoidable.

Intelligence officials released a brief email that Mr Snowden wrote in April last year inquiring about legal authorities but raising no concerns about any particular NSA program or law. The suggestion was that the email did not make Snowden a whistleblower. US officials said the NSA had found no oth...

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