WASHINGTON — NSA 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 reach any country that has granted him 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 NSA auditing tool Boundless Informant does.
NSA did not directly answer the question, referring to an Alexander speech in which he talked about how the NSA fit into the larger counterterror team of the administration. Alexander has also said such data gathered by NSA programs can only be analyzed when linked to foreign targets.