Oops: Typo made NSA intercepts mistakenly target Washington, not Egypt

An internal audit reveals that the NSA overstepped its legal authority thousands of times a year since 2008, the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman is reporting tonight. Among the most embarrassing revelations: the agency mixed up Washington, D.C.’s area code (202) with Egypt’s country code (20), unintentionally intercepting a “large number” of calls placed by U.S. citizens in the nation’s capital.

That was just a simple mistake, though, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is on it.

Obama’s on vacation. Maybe the White House could send out David Frum to explain.