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‘I would not have said what he said.’

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A former administration official says that while the 2004 dispute over the NSA program focused on data-mining, not eavesdropping, the distinction is not sufficient to justify Gonzales’ statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“The attorney general may have been splitting hairs here,” the former government official said. “He may be able to say ‘the dispute’ was not about the NSA monitoring program per se. But I would not have said what he said.”

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