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N.S.A. Gathers Data On Social Connections Of U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency (NSA) General Ke
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency (NSA) General Keith Alexander speaks during the fourth annual Cybersecurity Summit September 25, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. General Alexander discussed 'media leak' and defended for the NSA surveillance program on American people. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

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