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Surveillance programmes disrupted attacks: US spy chief
12 June 2013

The director of the National Security Agency says U.S. surveillance programmes have disrupted or helped disrupt dozens of terrorist attacks.

NSA director Keith Alexander defended the programmes at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy says some details of two cases have been declassified. He pressed Gen. Alexander for numbers on other incidents.

Mr. Leahy says the intelligence community believes that these surveillance programmes are critical, but he adds that he thinks they should not be made permanent and that Congress should be able to review and debate them periodically.

A former contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked information on the programmes last week.



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