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Microsoft to Justice Dept.: Let Us Talk!

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

July 17, 2013

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith called for his “personal involvement” to allow the company to share national security data requests, The Hill reports. “It’s time to face some obvious facts,” Smith wrote, “Numerous documents are now in the public domain…As a result, there is no longer a compelling government interest in stopping those of us with knowledge from sharing more information, especially when this information is likely to help allay public concerns.” In the letter, Smith also said the government rejected Microsoft’s request to “publicly explain practices” described in an article by The Guardian. The practices referred to in the article “have now been misinterpreted in news stories around the world,” Smith wrote.
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