2014-05-29T235455Z_1007000003_LYNXMPEA4S0U6_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-USA-SNOWDEN-EMAIL

NSA, Snowden clash over 2013 internal email release

Accused government whistleblower Snowden is seen on a screen as he speaks via videoconference with members of the Committee on legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in StrasbourgBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An email exchange released on Thursday shows Edward Snowden questioned the U.S. National Security Agency’s legal training programs, but provides no evidence the former contractor complained internally about vast NSA surveillance programs that he later leaked to the media. Snowden responded in an email to the Washington Post that the release by U.S. officials “is incomplete.” The release of the April 2013 emails between Snowden and the NSA’s legal office is the latest round in a battle between Snowden, who casts himself as a crusading whistleblower, and U.S. security officials, who say he failed to report his concerns to superiors before acting. In an interview with NBC News on Wednesday, Snowden said he had raised alarms at multiple levels about the NSA’s broad collection of phone, email and Internet connections. In a statement, the NSA said: “The e-mail did not raise allegations or concerns about wrongdoing or abuse, but posed a legal question that the Office of General Counsel addressed.” “There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations.

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