NSA: Releasing Snowden Emails Would Violate His PrivacySubmitted by PaulFanDC on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:24
The National Security Agency says it can’t release emails sent by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden to NSA officials because doing so would invade his personal privacy.
That rationale was one of several given to blogger Matthew Keys, formerly social media editor at Reuters, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails sent from firstname.lastname@example.org in the first five months of 2013.
"The sixth exemption of the FOIA … protects from disclosure information which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,” the response said.
“In balancing the public interest for the information you request against the privacy interests involved, we have determined that the privacy interests sufficiently satisfy the requirements for the application of the (b)(6) exemption.”