June 18, 2013 / 2:47 PM / 4 years ago

U.S. NSA chief: agency programs prevented over 50 potential terrorist acts

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - General Keith Alexander, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Tuesday that the NSA's data gathering programs had prevented potential terrorist attacks more than 50 times since Sept. 11, 2001.

"In recent years these programs, together with other intelligence, have protected the U.S. and our allies from terrorist threats across the globe to include helping prevent ... potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11," he said in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee.

Alexander said the intelligence agencies would give documents about those cases to the committee in a classified setting on Wednesday for its review and that he would discuss two thwarted plots during his testimony on Tuesday.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Tabassum Zakaria; editing by Jackie Frank

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