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“Definitely There Will Be a Leak Investigation” – NBC’s Pete Williams Re: NSA/Verizon Leak

In Archive, DOJ, Greenwald, NSA, NSA Files on June 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM

06/06/2013

The U.S. Department of Justice may try seeking out the source of a bombshell article that revealed National Security Agency surveillance of millions of Americans, according to NBC News Justice correspondent Pete Williams.

Glenn Greenwald reported in The Guardian Wednesday night that the NSA is indiscriminately collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers under a top-secret U.S. court order, a major scoop detailing the extent of domestic surveillance that comes amid increasing civil liberties concerns and controversial leak investigations involving the Associated Press and Fox News.

On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson asked if Greenwald would be investigated and suggested the White House would face many questions about the Guardian story.

“They may not be prepared to answer that question,” Wolfson said. “But given what happened with Fox, given what happened with AP, that will be a very hot topic today.”

Williams, a well-sourced reporter who just interviewed Attorney General Eric Holder last night about the leak investigations, jumped in with an answer.

“I was told last night: definitely there will be a leak investigation,” he said.

However, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post Thursday morning that it’s premature to suggest an investigation is certain to take place.

“There’s been no referral yet from the intelligence community,” the official said.

On MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” later Thursday morning, Williams slightly walked back his earlier comments from certainty to near certainty. “It seems highly likely this will trigger a leak investigation,” he told host Chuck Todd.

While no investigation is yet underway, Williams said, “It just seems very likely, given the sensitivity of this document, that there will be one.”

The Guardian article has already gotten significant pick-up in the media, with follow-up stories leading the websites of The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal Thursday morning. More questions about domestic surveillance involving millions of Americans, and a potential leak investigation into the source of the story, can be expected to follow.

Glenn Greenwald wrote via Twitter, “Dear DOJ: your bullying tactics will scare some sources, but they embolden others, who realize what USG is becoming.” Greenwald appeared on CNN’s The Lead w/ Jake Tapper today to discuss his NSA/Verizon scoop.

June 6th 2013

In DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE on June 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM

BILDERBERG 2013

InfoWars/Alex Jones Bilderberg 2013 LIVE STREAM

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NSA FILES

NSA Verizon & PRISM Leaks Rebellion by Intelligence Community?LeakSource

VERIZON

NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans Daily, Secret Order Reveals – Glenn Greenwald Via Guardian

“Definitely There Will Be a Leak Investigation” – NBC’s Pete Williams Re: NSA/Verizon LeakLeakSource

(VIDEO) Glenn GreenwaldGovernment Engaged in “Unthinkable Types of Surveillance” – CNN’s The Lead w/ Jake Tapper

PRISM

Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledgeWashingtonPost

NSA taps in to internet giants’ systems to mine user data, secret files revealGlenn Greenwald Via Guardian

DNI Clapper’s Statement on Activities Authorized Under Section 702 of FISADNI.gov

Glenn Greenwald on the NSA and PRISM: “It’s well past time that we have a debate about whether that’s the kind of country and world in which we want to live” – Piers Morgan Live

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DRONES

CIA didn’t always know who it was killing in drone strikes, classified documents showNBC News

Obama’s drone war kills ‘others,’ not just al Qaeda leadersMcClatchy

‘America is our worst enemy’: Pakistani victim of US drone strike speaks outRT

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FREE BRAD NEWS

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Bradley Manning Rally at London US Embassy on Sat 1st June – WiseUpAction

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OCCUPY GEZI

‘PM who takes things personally’: Erdogan to demolish park despite protests – RT

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VENEZUELA

American filmmaker held by Venezuela on espionage allegations freed from jail and expelled to US – AP

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SYRIA

Russia refutes US reports on Syria power handover agreementRT

FRANCE

French president awarded UNESCO peace prize for Mali warPressTV

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