After Paris Attacks, C.I.A. Director Rekindles Debate Over Surveillance


John O. Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday in Washington.© Win Mcnamee/Getty Images John O. Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday in Washington.

 

SCOTT SHANE | New York Times | MSN News | November 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — In response to the Paris attacks, a top American intelligence official on Monday renewed a debate on government surveillance and privacy, denouncing “hand-wringing” over intrusive spying and leaks of classified information that he said had made it harder to identify terrorists.

John O. Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared to be speaking in part about the , mass surveillance of phone and Internet communications that were disclosed by Edward J. Snowden in 2013. Those disclosures prompted sharp criticism and new restrictions on electronic spying both in the United States and in Europe.

Mr. Brennan also seemed to be pushing back against complaints from privacy advocates in light of a growing threat from the Islamic State against Western countries, exemplified by the gun and bomb assaults in Paris that killed 129 people on Friday night.

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