NSA officials go on tour to heal agency image amid surveillance scandal

The National Security Agency has endured six months of criticism from media outlets since Edward Snowden released documents disclosing the agency’s massive global surveillance apparatus. With its back against the wall, NSA head Keith Alexander and Snowden task force head Richard Ledgett are speaking directly to the press as a means of getting ahead of the story, with the hope of painting themselves — and Snowden himself — in a new light.

In an interview with Reuters, Ledgett expressed that Snowden’s leaks had proven “cataclysmic” for the NSA, though he offered no apologies for how the agency conducts his eavesdropping. However, with regard to a review panel recommending limits on its powers and installing civilian leadership, he…

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