June 12, 2013 / 7:13 PM / 7 years ago

NSA chief: surveillance has stopped dozens of potential attacks

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command, gestures while speaking to reporters during the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Stelios Varias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the National Security Agency said on Wednesday that recently disclosed top-secret U.S. surveillance programs have helped to prevent “dozens” of potential terrorist events.

NSA chief General Keith Alexander made the comments at a Senate hearing when asked if the intelligence community could estimate how much the agency’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data had helped prevent a terror attack.

Reporting by Deborah Charles; Editing by Sandra Maler

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