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Congressman Ruppersberger: US Not Spying On Allies

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

A high ranking member of a key intelligence oversight committee took issue with reports that US has been spying on key European allies.

In his first public remarks since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden alleged the agency was eavesdropping on the conversations of top European officials, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger - a ranking member of the House Select Intelligence Committee - says leaks are spreading misinformation.

"I'm not going to acknowledge spying, it's intelligence gathering," Ruppersberger said.

"That's what all countries do, the United States and in the rest of world."

Since Snowden leaked documents revealing the agency was gathering broad swathes of data from both US citizens and foreign governments, Ruppersberger has insisted all the information was obtained legally.

The intelligence communities who are allies try to work together, they trade information.  We've been able to prevent terrorist attacks in other countires just as they did for us.

Congressman Ruppersberger: US Not Spying On Allies


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