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NSA Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data


Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA

Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, delivers opening remarks Wednesday at the fourth annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington.

Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes, asserting that the program was helpful in investigations of the Boston Marathon bombing and the suspected plots against U.S. diplomatic outposts this summer.

From The Washington Post
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