NSA Collecting E-Mail, IM Contacts in Worldwide Surveillance Program

Steve Neavling

The NSA is collecting e-mail and instant messaging contacts from people worldwide in an attempt to keep an eye on relationships that suspects have with others, the USA Today reported.

The idea is to identify any troubling relationships.

“You need the haystack to find the needle,” said Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA director, as saying in defense of the bulk collection.

Many of the email contacts are from Americans.

NSA officials couldn’t be reached for comment.


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