1 November 2013
NSA Claims Call Spying Reports Are False
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:13:57 +0100
To: Cryptome <cryptome[at]earthlink.net>
In a letter to Dutch Parliament of October 31st , the Dutch Minister of
the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Ronald Plasterk) disclosed the text of
an unclassified letter he claims to have received from the NSA:
"statement on articles in European press alleging large numbers of phone
call metadata collected by NSA in France, Spain, Italy
The assertions by reporters in France (Le Monde), Spain (El Mundo) and Italy
(LEspresso) that NSA collected 10s of millions of phone calls are
completely false. They cite as evidence screen shots of the results of a
web tool used for data management purposes, but both they and the person
who stole the classified data did not understand what they were looking at.
The web tool counts metadata records from around the world and displays the
totals in several different formats. The sources of metadata include data
legally collected by NSA under its various authorities, as well as metadata
provided to NSA by foreign partners. To be perfectly clear, this is not
information that we collected on European citizens. It represents information
that we and our NATO allies have collected in defense of our countries and
in support of military operations."
The Minister earlier stated  (you already link to it) that it would be
"unacceptable" if the NSA would have obtained metadata on phone calls of
Dutch citizens without first consulting the Dutch intelligence services.
In fact, that would be *illegal*, as becomes clear from reading the Dutch
Intelligence & Security Act .
Following , Dutch news website Nu.nl reports  that the Dutch Public
Prosecution Service is currently not investigating this matter.
Whether or not the Dutch intelligence services (AIVD/MIVD) were consulted
by the NSA and permitted (and/or actively helped) the NSA to obtain that
data, remains unclear AFAIK. In other words: did the AIVD know that the NSA
collects metadata on Dutch citizens' phone calls? Did the AIVD agree with
I cannot exclude the possibility that I overlooked some piece of information
that already answers these questions; if that turns out to be the case II
will send you updates and/or corrections.