How to stop the NSA from collecting data on you
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says he has been told by his superiors to stop disclosing details of its controversial “meta-data” program, a system that collects data from the vast amount of internet traffic it collects and uses to pinpoint the sources of webpages viewed by users.
The program was developed in the 1990s by a former NSA contractor, Christopher “Bones” Bales.
Snowden said he was informed last year by a senior official that he should stop disclosing any details about the program or that it was being used to track users and their online activities.
“I was told to keep it quiet,” he told reporters in a rare public comment on Monday.
The remarks by Snowden, who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to the Guardian and other media outlets, came in an interview with The Associated Press that will air Tuesday on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Bales has declined to discuss the program, but told The Associated Times newspaper last month that the program has been “completely transparent”.
“It has not been abused in any way,” he said.
Boles, a retired US Navy intelligence officer, has previously said the NSA program is “absolutely legal”.
Bales told The Times he would not comment on Snowden’s comments.
The Associated States News Agency has been unable to reach Bales, who declined to comment.
The agency said it had no comment on the remarks by the NSA whistleblower.
The revelation that the NSA had been using the program to track people’s online activity has sparked criticism from privacy advocates and raised questions about how much it could be used by the agency.
In the interview with NBC, Snowden said that in 2011, he was contacted by a US military official who told him to stop revealing details about his role in the program.
“We had a senior defense official tell me to stop,” he explained.
“That was about two years ago.
And I said, ‘What’s the point?
There’s no point.'”
He added: “He said, “I can’t help you with this.
We’re not doing anything illegal.
“Bales is currently under house arrest in Hong Kong, where he was born, and has not publicly spoken about the NSA’s controversial surveillance program.
Snowden is currently a fugitive in Russia.
A spokesman for Bales said he would discuss the matter in due course.
Bails’ spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the AP.
The revelations about the US surveillance program came just days after The Guardian revealed that a top US intelligence official had secretly authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on the communications of US citizens without warrants and that the agency had been collecting massive amounts of phone records from American residents.
Snowden told The Guardian he was concerned about the use of the program and that it should be “disarmed”.
He said he had also been informed that the US government was “going to try to do something to me”, but did not elaborate.
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