James Clapper declassifies more spying docs after Obama speech

Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

JANUARY 17, 2014

Just hours after President Obama laid out changes to the nation’s surveillance practices, his administration on Friday evening released more once-secret national security documents – this time on the origins and approval of the controversial bulk telephone data collection program.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he released the documents in response to Obama’s directive to declassify and make public as much information as possible about the government’s sensitive surveillance program over the last six months. The documents can be found on the Office of the DNI’s website.

Obama issued that order in response to an international firestorm over the sweeping nature of the nation’s spying that kicked up last summer when former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began disclosing details of the surveillance programs.

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