WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show the National Security Agency tattled on itself over violations of surveillance rules.
The more than 1,000 pages of files show the NSA reported itself to a U.S. intelligence court and repeatedly promised additional safety measures.
The NSA denied it acted in bad faith.
The intelligence court judge, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, said in the 2009 court case that since the government had repeatedly offered assurances, the "most charitable interpretation" is that people responsible for oversight had failed.
The Obama administration published the heavily censored files last night as part of an ongoing civil liberties lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's collection of phone records.
The latest release reflects the administration's strenuous efforts to maintain its legal authority to collect Americans' phone records amid opposition on Capitol Hill.