How Jimmy Carter Gets Around Spies: The Post Office

Mar 24, 2014 12:41pm
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Former President Jimmy Carter suspects the U.S. government is spying on his emails. So when Carter wants to correspond with foreign dignitaries, he takes it old-school — sending it snail mail.

“I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored,” Carter said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it … because I believe if I sent an e-mail, it will be monitored.”

Carter, who previously applauded leaks by NSA contractor Edward Snowden (who Carter acknowledges broke the law) calling them “beneficial” in the long term, remains critical of the country’s premiere intelligence agency.

Intelligence gathering “has been extremely liberalized and I think abused by our own intelligence agencies,” Carter said this weekend.

UPDATE: NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander refuted Carter’s statements on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday night, asserting the NSA was not spying on the former president.

“The reality is, we don’t do that. And if we did, it would be illegal and we would be found, I think, held accountable and responsible,” Alexander said. ”He can now go back to writing emails.”

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