Some transparency advocates, however, said the NSA’s ability to sidestep individuals’ requests allows the agency to hide its own abuses.

“This is part of the reason why intelligence agencies are spiraling out of control,” said Mark Rumold, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group that has pressed the administration to release documents related to surveillance. “These agencies have an ability to operate in utter secrecy.”

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