WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The political uproar over
alleged U.S. eavesdropping on close European allies has produced
an unusual defense from the National Security Agency: NSA says
it was the Europeans themselves who did the spying, and then
handed data to the Americans.
It is rare for intelligence officials to speak in any public
detail about liaison arrangements with foreign spy agencies
because such relationships are so sensitive. Even more unusual
is for the United States to point fingers at partners.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security
Agency director on Tuesday defended the spy agency as acting
within legal boundaries, amid a public uproar which has grown
from anger over the collection of Americans’ phone and email
records to outrage over spying on European allies.
General Keith Alexander offered an impassioned defense of
the beleaguered intelligence agency, telling the House of
Representatives Intelligence Committee that the NSA is focused
on preventing attacks on Americans and allies, and operates
under strict oversight.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When top U.S. intelligence officials testified at a congressional hearing weeks ago, the public uproar was over the National Security Agency collecting the phone and email records of Americans.
But when the NSA director and other spy chiefs appear at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday it will be against a backdrop of angry European allies accusing the United States of spying on their leaders and citizens.