Sources: US Internet spying foiled plot to attack NY subway

By REUTERS
June 7, 2013 23:31




WASHINGTON - A secret US intelligence program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, US government sources said on Friday.

The sources said Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, was talking about a plot hatched by Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-born US resident, when he said on Thursday that such surveillance had helped thwart a significant terrorist plot in recent years.

US President Barack Obama's administration is facing controversy after revelations of details of massive programs run by the National Security Agency for collecting information from telephone and Internet companies.

The surveillance program that halted the Zazi plot was one that collected email data on foreign intelligence suspects, a US government source said.


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