Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sought to clarify his claim that the National Security Agency does not collect information on millions of Americans, telling NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell that he gave the “least untruthful” answer possible on the agency’s surveillance program.

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on March 12, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked the intelligence czar if the NSA gathers “any type of data at all on millions of Americans.”

“No, sir,” Clapper responded. “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”

Clapper’s response appears to contradict recent revelations about the agency’s large scale phone records collection program, first reported on…


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