NSA says tracking cellphones overseas is legal, defending spying revealed by new Snowden leak

  • Article by: KIMBERLY DOZIER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

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