Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that nearly 2,000 American citizens had their private communications, including names, ‘unmasked’ by NSA surveillance software in 2016.

“On several occasions during my six and a half years as DNI, I requested the identity of U.S. persons to be revealed,” Clapper said, “In each such instance, I made these requests so I could fully understand the context of the communication and the potential threat being posed.”

“And in 2016, that number was 1,934.”

He noted: “At no time did I ever submit a request for personal or political purposes or to voyeuristically look at raw intelligence nor am I aware of any instance of such abuse by anyone else.”

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