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Snowden insists US agency overstepping bounds

July 8, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden claims the spy agency gathers all communications into and out of the U.S. for analysis, despite NSA claims that it only targets foreign traffic.

The fugitive systems analyst spoke in video released Monday, filmed by The Guardian in June in Hong Kong before Snowden fled to avoid extradition to the U.S.

Snowden is believed to be stranded in a Moscow airport, trying to find asylum.

Snowden also said NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander lied to Congress by saying the agency could not determine how many U.S. communications are gathered — something Snowden says an NSA auditing tool does.

The NSA did not directly answer the question, referring to an Alexander speech about how the agency fit into the administration’s larger counterterror team.

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