WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad.
The Post says it has reviewed documents about the drone strike program provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. He's the American hiding out in Russia after being granted asylum there.
The Post says the documents make clear that the CIA-operated drone campaign relies heavily on the NSA's ability to vacuum up enormous quantities of email, phone calls and other fragments of signals intelligence.
The paper says it's withholding many details about the drone-strike missions at the request of U.S. intelligence officials.