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NSA: Releasing Snowden Emails Would Violate His Privacy

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 ejsnowd@nsa.ic.gov in the first five months of 2013.

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"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.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/07/14/nsa-releasing...




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Makes perfect sense.

Makes perfect sense.

The king was inspecting the prisons and dungeons of the land. Everywhere the king had gone prisoners begged for release claiming that they were innocent. When he encountered a sole inmate who admitted that he had committed the crimes he was incarcerated for, the king immediately shouted to the warden, "Release this scoundrel for he is guilty and he may be a bad influence on the other inmates!"

What...

...a kneeslapper!

I tell you, you can't make this stuff up! When I first read the headline, I thought surely "The Onion".

The Truth will prevail

This just proves beyond a doubt that everything Snowden has ever said is 100% completely TRUE.

Hahhahahhahhhhhaaa...

Phhhwaaaa?!??!

There's no way to actually pinch yourself hard enough to wake up from all this, is there .......

Cyril's picture

Indeed, no.

Indeed, no.

There isn't.

Just when one thought, maybe, that the farce couldn't get any grosser.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Just when you thought it

Just when you thought it couldn't get much crazier, they go and do something like this and completely blow away all expectations.

So, this basically means that

So, this basically means that Snowden had sent private emails of a personal (non official business) nature to NSA officials OR the people responding to the FOIA request do not understand the difference between personal private info and official business. My guess is it's the latter, that these emails were regarding official business and the NSA reps are just saying they are personal privacy related in order to avoid releasing them.

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Gilligan's picture

Wow! The NSA really protects our privacy.

Can it possibly get more ironic?

I'd rather be a hungry patriot than a satisfied slave.

Cyril's picture

Now that's new. Since when the BRAT administration cares

Now that's new.

Since when the BRAT (*) administration cares about the people's rights?

Unexpected!

(*) Banana Republic of Amerika-as-Trash

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius