NSA documents vindicate some of Snowden's claims

The UK Guardian is making good on its promise to release more information provided by Edward Snowden, revealing a Powerpoint presentation marked top secret, used to train NSA analysts in using the vast data gathering resources the agency provides. Glenn Greenwald writes: The files shed light on one of Snowden's most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10. "I, sitting at my desk," said Snowden, could "wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email". US officials vehemently denied this specific claim. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, said of Snowden's assertion: "He's lying. It's impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do." But training materials for XKeyscore detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases by filling in a simple on-screen form giving only a broad...(Read Full Post)