The AP reported:

The National Security Agency has not committed flagrant violations of the rules governing surveillance of American e-mails and phone calls, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was responding to a story in The New York Times that said the NSA had conducted more widespread intercepts of private U.S. conversations in 2008 and early this year than has previously been acknowledged.

"Everything that I know so far indicates that the thrust of the story - that there are flagrant actions essentially to collect content of (American e-mails) - is just simply not true, to the best of my knowledge," Feinstein said at a Senate hearing Wednesday.

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