The White House says President Barack Obama has assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the U.S. isn’t listening in on her phone calls.
U.S. intelligence officials say the government shutdown is seriously damaging the intelligence community’s ability to guard against threats. But they also say they’re keeping counterterrorism staff on duty, while they are worried about morale.
The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee calls it the “most serious threat I’ve seen in a number of years.”
Documents published by the Guardian newspaper are providing new insight into the National Security Agency’s surveillance of world data, giving an over-the-shoulder look at the programs and techniques U.S. intelligence analysts use to exploit the hundreds of billions of records they gather each year.