New revelations about the National Security Agency's secret surveillance operations. The Washington Post reports the NSA has broken privacy rules thousands of times each year since 2008, even violating court orders.
The newspaper cites an internal audit and other documents, provided by leaker Edward Snowden.
The Post reports a May 2012 audit found more than 27-hundred incidences of "unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications" in the preceding 12 months.
The paper said most incidents involved unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the country. The NSA responded to the Post's report, saying "a variety of factors can cause the numbers of incidents to trend up or down from one quarter to the next."