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NSA: We were just about to stop spying on everyone before Snowden spoke out

Agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) claim that senior officials within the department wanted to shut down the mass surveillance program before whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed it to the American public.

The Associated Press reports that a "proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the desk of Gen. Keith Alexander, then the NSA director." However, the agents expressed doubt that Alexander would have been convinced to shut the mass spying program down — despite the fact that it has "no discernable impact" on stopping terrorism.