The fallout over the publication of the National Security Agency’s massive collection of phone records has begun, and it’s coming from a group that could have been spared the embarrassment of having its own leak story.
The fallout from last week’s leak of the metadata of more than a billion phone calls, which revealed the U.S. had been intercepting the calls of a number of foreign leaders and celebrities, has now turned to the privacy and civil liberties of American citizens.
In the past few days, the fallout from revelations about the National Enquirer’s alleged lurid stories about women who allegedly had affairs with powerful men has intensified, as have the stories about a purported CIA surveillance program that spied on political figures.
And the fallout continues.
The National Security Archive, a nonprofit organization that collects the NSA’s surveillance programs, says it will begin collecting the phone records of American journalists and bloggers who have not yet been targeted.
The organization, whose website is now accessible on the NSA website, is calling on the public to make calls to the organization.
It is a first for the National Archives, which says the collection is limited to telephone calls made in the United States and overseas.
The collection will be limited to records of the calls for a period of two weeks, which is a far shorter period than most public interest groups will have access to, the group said.
The group says it is only collecting records from phone records that have been linked to specific Americans, not the millions of records that the NSA collects.
In an email to The Associated Press, the organization said the collection would be limited and limited only to calls made outside of the United State.
The NSA will provide the group with “informational documents” about the collection, which will be published on the website.
The document, which can be found at the National Archive website, has not yet appeared.
The NSA’s metadata collection has been criticized for not being transparent, with many lawmakers calling for it to be made public.
It has also been criticized by civil liberties advocates who say the NSA has violated Americans’ privacy rights by collecting their phone records.
Last week, The Guardian published a story about the NSA program and revealed that the agency had been collecting metadata from nearly 2 million people around the world for more than five years.
The story led to an outcry and calls for greater transparency.
In a statement, The Associated News, the newspaper of record for The Associated States, said it is reviewing its relationship with the National Press Photographers Association and is “looking into our options as a result.”
The AP has also said it will not be publishing stories about the surveillance program or the Snowden leaks until after the collection of metadata ends.
A spokeswoman for the NSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The AP says the AP will continue to monitor the NSA metadata collection program and report on the implications for journalism and public trust.
The organization says the program will not impact its editorial process.
In addition to the public interest reporting that AP does, AP also will continue its work to make sure that journalists who have published information about the program are fully informed about the potential consequences of reporting on the program, the AP says.AP is one of more and more media organizations being targeted by the NSA, which has been scrutinizing the news media since at least 2012.
In a statement to The AP, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represents the news organizations that are targets of the program and has also challenged the NSA collection program, said AP was singled out because it has been publishing stories on the surveillance.