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Court rebuked NSA on its use of phone data

2009 ruling says agency violated its own procedures

WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials released secret documents Tuesday showing that a judge reprimanded the National Security Agency in 2009 for violating its own procedures and misleading the nation’s intelligence court about how it used the telephone call logs it gathers in the hunt for terrorists.

It was the second case of a severe scolding of the spy agency by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to come to light since the disclosure of thousands of NSA documents by Edward J. Snowden, a former contractor, began this summer.

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