A number of TPM Readers have flagged stories in which at least a couple of the major phone companies are denying giving customer data to the NSA. Without going into too many details, each of these ‘denials’ appears to be couched in terms of ‘contracts’ and ‘agreements’ and other vague and, I suspect, intentionally misleading terms. I think they did just what USA Today said they did. They’re just coming up with non-denial denials to fuzz up the issue. And they’re a bit hard to unpack for those of us not sufficiently steeped in the legal and technological particulars of the telecom industry.