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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:31am
Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs. That's according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to the Washington Post.
Snowden provided the post with what it said were 1-hundred-60 thousand intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents. The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through 2012, and some were hundreds of pages long.
Nearly 90-percent of the individuals, or accounts whose information was obtained were not federal targets, but rather ordinary internet users, a Post analysis found. Some were identified by either the government or newspaper as Americans.