May 4, 2017 by Warren Mass
A news release posted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on May 2 linked to the ODNI’s annual “Statistical Transparency Report regarding the use of national security authorities for calendar year 2016.” The Circa News organization (owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group) analyzed the data in the report and two days after it was released broke the story that the Obama administration distributed thousands of intelligence reports with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the 2016 election.
In the interest of maintaining privacy, the government often redacts, or removes, private or sensitive information from reports prior to releasing them for publication.
Circa News noted in its report:
During his final year in office, President Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S…
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