Reference: Congressional Research Service Releases Background Report on NSA Surveillance Leaks
The following report from the Congressional Research Service (part of the Library of Congress) was published on July 2, 2013 and has been made available (full text) by the Federation of American Scientists.
NSA Surveillance Leaks: Background and Issues for Congress
Marshall Curtis Erwin
Analyst in Intelligence and National Security
Edward C. Liu
July 2, 2013
From the Summary
This report discusses the specifics of these two NSA collection programs [1) Bulk Collection of Phone Records 2) Collection of Electronic Communications]. It does not address other questions that have been raised in the aftermath of these leaks, such as the potential harm to national security caused by the leaks or the intelligence community’s reliance on contractors.
Direct to Full Text of CRS Report (18 pages; PDF)
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