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June 6, 2013
In a telephone interview with Michael Hirsh of the National Journal:
Clapper: "What I said [to the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 12] was, the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens' e-mails. I stand by that."
June 8, 2013
Excerpt of interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell:
Mitchell: "Senator Wyden made quite a lot out of your exchange with him last March during the hearings. Can you explain what you meant when you said that there was not data collection on millions of Americans?"
Clapper: "... in retrospect, I was asked -- 'When are you going to start -- stop beating your wife' kind of question, which is meaning not -- answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful manner by saying No. ...
"And this has to do with of course somewhat of a semantic, perhaps some would say too -- too cute by half. But it is -- there are honest differences on the semantics of what -- when someone says 'collection' to me, that has a specific meaning, which may have a different meaning to him."
June 9, 2013
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of Senate Intelligence Committee on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos (after he showed video of Clapper testimony on March 12, 2013, denying that NSA collects "any type of data" on Americans):
Stephanopoulos: "Senator Feinstein, I have to confess, I have a hard time squaring that answer with what we learned [from the Snowden disclosures] this week."
Feinstein: "Well, I think this is very hard. There is no more direct or honest person than Jim Clapper. ...You can misunderstand the question."