NSA had no ‘direct access’ to tech company servers, say CNET sources

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CNET is reporting that a “former government official who is intimately familiar with [the] process of data acquisition” detailed in the leaked PRISM slides says that the NSA had no direct access to tech company servers. In fact, the Washington Post had updated its original story with a statement saying that “It is possible that the conflict between the PRISM slides and the company spokesmen is the result of imprecision on the part of the NSA author.” If CNET’s sources is correct, it could indeed be the case that the original reporting on PRISM was the result of “misreading” the leaked PowerPoint presentation. Steward Baker, the NSA’s general counsel in the 1990s, told CNET that the original Washington Post coverage looked “rushed and…

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