NSA Releases Email Snowden Sent Before Leaks

TIME

The National Security Agency released an email Thursday from Edward Snowden to its Office of General Counsel, acknowledging for the first time that the former contractor had contacted officials within the agency before leaking information about widespread surveillance activities.

Snowden has long maintained that he repeatedly alerted supervisors and NSA authorities regarding his concerns about the domestic and international surveillance programs he had come across in his work as a contractor for the agency, an allegation denied by the NSA in the past. NBC News confirmed the existence of the one email on Wednesday. But the NSA maintained that the one email hardly amounted to Snowden sounding the alarm about surveillance concerns.

“NSA has now explained that they have found one e-mail inquiry by Edward Snowden to the Office of General Counsel asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed,” NSA…

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