At The Wall Street Journal’s CFO conference, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden disparaged the idea that the leaking of data collection documents by Edward Snowden was a two-year “nightmare” for the agency.

It all came down to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, Hayden explained. At the end of the day, he said, the NSA still has access to the cellphone metadata simply by going to court, and then retrieving the data from the phone companies.

“And this is it after two years?” Hayden said. “Cool.”

–Posted by Jenna Berbeo

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