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NSA Director Defends Surveillance Operations

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Alexander told the Times that the threats from terrorism and cyberattacks will require the use of more computer monitoring. And while he admitted that his agency had, as the Times put it, "stumbled" in the wake of the documents leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, he said that the biggest problem was a public misunderstanding about what the agency does. 

“We, and that includes the press, have not informed the American people in such a way that they can make a right decision here,” he said.