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Leaked NSA document says metadata collection is one of agency’s ‘most useful tools’

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A leaked NSA newsletter published Wednesday highlights the collection of phone metadata as one of the agency’s “most useful tools.”

The document — which was leaked by Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept — says that the NSA has used metadata such as numbers called, IP addresses, and call duration to yield “concrete results,” such as the capture of terror suspects Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaida.

It’s worth noting that while the collection of specific metadata may have helped catch terror suspects, the agency’s bulk collection has a far worse record. – READ MORE

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