Snowden Leaks: Hundreds of Millions of Contact Lists Collected

New revelations about the NSA in the Washington Post are based on documents Snowden gave the paper.
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Now, to those new revelations about the reach of the national security agency. The spy agency has swept up hundreds of millions of e-mail and messaging contacts. Many of them american citizens. Brian ross here with the details. Reporter: Good morning. Snowden reportedly promised the russians he would stop the embarrassing leaks about the u.S. Spy program while he was in safe haven there. But this morning's revelations in "the washington post," are based almost entirely on documents he gave to "the washington post." "The post" reported that the nsa, the national security agency, has been collecting and storing what it terms hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mails and instant messaging accounts around the world. Many of them belonging to americans. According to "the post," during a single day last year, the nsa special source operations branch, collected 440,000 addresses from yahoo!100,000 from hotmail. It's more than 250 million contacts. What do they do with them? Reporter: They say they're trying to collect all this overseas to target possible terrorists and drug smuggling. Because of the bulk of this, the buddy list and contacts of americans are being gathered. All this as snowden received an award, with other american whistleblowers last week. And told "the wall street journal," he had no regrets, the actions he's taken. He could have turned them over a while ago. Reporter: It likely was. They have lots of documents. Thousands of documents they intend to make public at some point. Snowden's promise is notwithstanding. Thanks very much. Let's look at the other top stories from josh.

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