Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NSA Director Says Plot against Wall Street Foiled

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NSA Director Says Plot against Wall Street Foiled

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WASHINGTON --

The director of the National Security Agency said today the government's sweeping surveillance programs have foiled some 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange, in a forceful defense of the spy operations.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander said the two recently disclosed programs -- one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism -- are critical in the terrorism fight.

Gen. Alexander, seated with top officials from the FBI and Justice Department at a rare, open congressional hearing, described how the operations work under questioning from members of the House Intelligence Committee who displayed a supportive demeanor. The officials as well as members of the panel repeatedly bemoaned the leaks by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former contractor.

Gen. Alexander said Mr. Snowden's leaks have caused "irreversible and significant damage to this nation" that also undermined the U. …

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