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FBI official says NSA programs helped foil NYSE bombing plot
June 18, 2013 / 3:09 PM / 4 years ago

FBI official says NSA programs helped foil NYSE bombing plot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government’s surveillance of telephone and Internet communications foiled plots including one to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, Sean Joyce, the deputy FBI director, said on Tuesday.

A flag hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York in this file photo taken September 22, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/Files

While monitoring a known extremist in Yemen, intelligence agents “were able to detect a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,” he said in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence committee during a hearing on National Security Agency data gathering programs.

U.S. officials said the programs have helped to foil more than 50 potential terrorist plots around the world.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jackie Frank

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