Major new story on NSA violations posting momentarily, with 4 new documents. And wait until you see the @CarolLeonnig story alongside.—
Barton Gellman (@bartongellman) August 16, 2013
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.