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August 21, 2013 5:02 PM

Feds wrongly collected Americans’ emails in program aimed at foreigners

The federal government collected tens of thousands of emails of Americans as part of a massive surveillance program to combat terrorism that was designed to target foreigners, according to secret documents declassified Wednesday. The violation was discovered in 2011 only after the National Security Agency had collected as many as 56,000 emails by Americans over three years.

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