In response to letter sent by Sen. Bernie Sanders, surveillance agency says members of Congress 'have the same privacy protections as all US persons.'The National Security Agency on Saturday did not deny that it may be spying on members of Congress, and said they "have the same privacy protections as all US persons."
The NSA issued the statement in response to a letter sent by Senator Bernie Sanders demanding to know if the agency has spied on elected officials.
"I am writing today to ask you one very simple question," the Independent Vermont senator wrote in his letter to NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander sent Friday. "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?"
"'Spying' would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business," Sanders specified.