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NSA data programs 'helped foil' bomb plot


NSA data programs 'helped foil' bomb plot

The surveillance of telephone and internet communications by the US government has helped to deter plots, including a planned bomb attack on the New York Stock Exchange, Sean Joyce, deputy director of the FBI revealed on Tuesday.

In a testimony to the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee during a hearing on National Security Agency data gathering programs, Joyce said agents “were able to detect a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange” while monitoring a known extremist in Yemen.

According to US officials, the programs have helped to foil more than 50 terrorist plots worldwide.

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