NSA-files repeatedly show collection of data «against countries» - not «from»

Journalist Glenn Greenwald explaines why he means Norwegian Intelligence Service are wrong in their interpretation of the Snowden-files.

THE MISSION THAT NEVER SLEEPS: In this NSA-document the agency describes how it collects data against countries. Screenshot: Power Point-presentation of NSA´s GAO-program
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• Here's the Norwegian version

In response to our story on Tuesday on NSA collection of Norwegian metadata, the Norwegian military intelligence service claimed that the Boundless Informant slides do not count the number of telephone calls collected by the NSA against Norway. Instead, the agency's chief Lt. Gen. Gen. Kjell Grandhagen claimed, the slides only count calls collected outside of Norway - in Afghanistan - that the Norwegian government provides to the NSA. This same claim has recently been made by the NSA itself in response to similar recent reporting in Spain.

Readers should examine But the NSA's own documents about what these slides mean flatly contradict the claims of the Lt. Gen. Grandhagen. Indeed, these documents could not be clearer that these slides show the number of calls collected by the NSA inside the named country. Readers should examine the NSA´s own statements in their documents - when they thought they were writing in secret - and decide for themselves the actual meaning of these slides.

• You can read them hereOne of the NSA documents we published on Tuesday, entitled «Boundless Informant: Frequently Asked Questions», could not be clearer about what these slides show.

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