Snowden film wins Oscar, but the NSA chief
claims his leaks damaged spying.
National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Monday defended his agency's online spying tactics to an audience of technologists in the nation's capital, but faced criticism about whether surveillance methods threaten cybersecurity and consumer privacy rights.
The NSA’s online data collection is not “a silver bullet in itself” to prevent terrorism, but “it generates value for the nation,” Rogers said during a conference on cybersecurity hosted by the New America Foundation. Former agency contractor Edward Snowden fueled criticism of government surveillance by exposing the broad scope of the NSA’s phone and Internet spying.
While the film “Citizenfour,” which is about Snowden, won an Oscar for Best Documentary on Sunday, Rodgers said that Snowden’s disclosures have created “blind spots” in the NSA's surveillance by revealing at U.S. strategies to monitor terrorism, Rogers said.
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