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NSA released spying data over holidays to minimize press coverage: Video

NSA released spying data over holidays to minimize press coverage: Video

The NSA chose to release documents detailing 12 years’ worth of illegal activity over the Christmas holiday.

The National Security Agency has used the Christmas holiday to to “minimize the impact” of releasing a report on 12 years of privacy violations, the American Civil Liberties Union says, Press TV reports

As Americans were busy celebrating, the NSA quietly published on Friday hundreds of pages worth of declassified data spanning more than a decade of intelligence collection.

“I certainly think the NSA would prefer to have the documents released right ahead of the holidays in order to have less public attention on what they contain,” Patrick Toomey, a staff attorney at the ACLU’s national security project, told the Guardian.

Included in the files are stories of employees using electronic surveillance tools to snoop on spouses, the collection of American citizens’ communications and other widespread abuses.

RT’s Lindsay France breaks down the documents.

Video by RT America