October 29, 2013
The White House Must Have Known About NSA
Jack Goldsmith, The New Republic
The Associated Press
Count me as very skeptical about the suggestions in recent days that neither the White House nor the congressional intelligence committees knew about NSA collections against leaders in allied countries.
I have a hard time believing that the President in his many hundreds of intelligence briefings—scores of which surely involved intelligence about allied leaders in run-ups to various diplomatic and political meetings—did not know that some of the information was gleaned through collection against the leaders themselves. (I am not saying that the White House is lying about what the President knew—only that its statement about the President’s ignorance is extraordinary, and that I suspect that someone in the White House knew.) If, as Senator Feinstein ...
TAGGED: White House, National Security Agency, Angela Merkel