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NSA officials deny mass surveillance during Utah Olympics

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NSA officials deny mass surveillance during Utah Olympics (Photo: MGN)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden is denying allegations from a former Salt Lake City mayor that the NSA conducted a mass warrantless surveillance program during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

In court documents filed last week, Hayden and current NSA operations director Wayne Murphy said the agency never conducted "blanket" surveillance in Salt Lake City or near other venues for the 2002 games.

The declarations are a response to allegations from former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.

Anderson, who was mayor in 2002, claims in a lawsuit that the NSA intercepted and analyzed all communications in the Salt Lake City area before and during the games. He says he learned about it from a 2013 Wall Street Journal report and later confirmed it with an unnamed agency source.

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