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From Fox -- -- -- liquor has apparently resurfaced.
Somewhere in Hong call.
-- -- reportedly spoke with the south China morning post newspaper today.
And claims the United States has been hacking China's computers.
For years he says the US government has tens of thousands of spy operations going on around the world right now 61000.
To be exact.
And just hours after the news -- interview popped up in the paper the head of the secretive National Security Agency testified on Capitol Hill.
General Keith Alexander says government surveillance programs have help prevent dozens of terror attacks.
The senators did not object to monitoring specific terror suspects but some did ask.
Why is the government stockpiling the phone records of millions of innocent Americans.
If you knew that a suspect had made a call -- area code 31 to the city of Chicago.
Defies logic that you need to collect.
All of the telephone calls made in the 312 area code on the chance that one of those persons might be on the other end of the phone so what happens if you don't always -- 3012 yet because we had -- that data in a database.
We could take that number.
And go backwards in time.
And see who he was talking to.
General Alexander says he wants to declassify some of the information so we can tell all of us more about how the surveillance works.
But he says that the government releases too many details quote.
Americans will die.
Lots to cover on this of team fox coverage Trace Gallagher with brand new comments from the NSA -- first let's get to Catherine Herridge live in Washington what else -- we -- -- these hearings today Catherine.
Well -- several intelligence committee leadership and -- nuns anonymous officials claim of sweeping collection of data.
Destructed at 2009 plot targeting the New York City Subway system.
By nineteen -- -- -- general Alexander conceded to democratic senator Patrick Leahy that was simply not the case the -- it came from foreign.
With a a 702.
Set of information.
Based on operatives overseas we saw connections into papers and in Colorado.
That was passed to the FBI.
Well on seniors have the drill down on American citizens must be cleared by -- national security court.
Senator saying it wasn't enough given the pervasive environment of mistrust.
The American public it is fearful.
Massive amount of data you'd get that -- the ability of the federal government to synthesize.
In and who -- something more.
On Thursday a rare briefing of the full senate on the NSA data collection programs.
Alexander will testify again but this session is classified and close to the public -- And -- today we learned that big deputy director of the CIA resigned.
-- that's right my Burrell is resigning after 33 years with the agency a source familiar with morals decisions says it was made some time ago.
Burrell was at the center of the talking points controversy the administration ultimately blame the CIA for providing that information.
Today an ambassador Susan Rice who blamed the demonstration that spun -- -- control the terrorist attack.
-- replacement admiral -- you can see her here on the right in this group shot from the Oval Office in March with the president.
-- apparently has no experience at the CIA but served as a deputy assistant to the president.
And legal advisor to the National Security Council.
The takeaways admiral's resignation is not an all connected to these -- SA -- -- Katherine Harris in Washington tonight -- NSA director.
Is also debugging one of Snowden -- previous claims here remember this.
I -- my desk certainly have the authorities to to wiretap anyone.
From did you -- your accountant to a federal judge to even the president.
-- I know -- no way to do that.
Well now as I reported at the top of this newscast Ted -- some apparently making new claims about the US hacking Chinese computers quoting.
We -- connect work back bones like huge Internet routers basically that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers.
Without having to hack every single one of them.
-- -- reportedly says hundreds of those hacking targets are in Hong Kong and China's mainland including a university some students in public officials.
The south China morning post newspaper reports -- provided unverified documents to prove his story.
Let's continue to she's Trace Gallagher live -- -- West Coast news -- prince's.
Does he explain why he accuses the united states of targeting -- all over the world.
Well because he says that America has long said it does not target civilian infrastructure unlike its adversaries ship and he calls that blatant hypocrisy saying and I'm quoting here.
Not only does it do so but it is so afraid of this being known.
That it is willing to use any means such as diplomatic intimidation to prevent this information from becoming public.
The State Department was asked today about targeting foreign computers and responded this way listen.
There is a difference between.
Going after economic data and financial information.
That is part of these cyber attacks -- seems to be.
And an issue which is the president has welcomed the debate on witches and the administration is welcome that debate on.
Which is surveillance.
And going after people who need to do harm.
So her response wasn't exactly crystal clear shot but even -- Snowden admits that he has no information at all.
About any Chinese military technology.
-- and he says that he could leave Hong Kong anytime he wants to.
Yet he said he had many opportunities to flee but instead he decided to stay and fight and and in this interview with the Chinese newspaper he is clearly trying to paint himself.
As the good guy here saying to the newspaper I'm quoting again last week the American government happily operated in the shadows with no respect.
For the consent of the governed.
But no longer every level of society is demanding accountability.
And oversight for now he is still in hiding but former CIA agent Mike Baker says no.
-- -- Even for someone who's trained even for someone who's -- in operations for a long time just disappearing.
Going off the radar screen entirely.
Is a very difficult process it's more difficult when you've now been in the media and everybody knows your your face and and your background story.
-- bigger also believes as soon as the United States wants them they will get him.
-- can Trace that newspaper the south China post reported contacted the US consulate in a Hong Kong for response -- -- -- claims but it was close for Chinese holiday.
According to the consulate web site it closes for both Chinese and American holidays.
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