A couple of weeks back we covered the American Bar Association asking for assurance from the NSA that attorney-client communications, even those involving foreign clients, would remain out of the agency's reach. This was prompted by a leak that showed the NSA had given an Australian intelligence agency the go-ahead to intercept communications between a US law firm and its Indonesian clients.
For whatever it's worth, the NSA has responded and is promising to
respect the boundaries ofnot actively collect and access privileged attorney-client communications.
The outgoing head of the Nationa...