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First Word: Obama administration faces a new controversy

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has uncovered the biggest political story of the day, forcing the Obama administration to handle yet another controversy.
Pedestrians pass a New York City Verizon Wireless store on June 6, 2013. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)
Pedestrians pass a New York City Verizon Wireless store on June 6, 2013.

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has uncovered the biggest political story of the day, forcing the Obama administration to handle yet another controversy.

Greenwald wrote, "The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an ‘ongoing, daily basis’ to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.”

While not specifically confirming any details of the story, a senior Obama official has defended the practice as an essential tool to prevent terrorism.

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