How did the National Security Agency’s (NSA) metadata program, known as PRISM, end up at the heart of the NSA’s investigation into former NSA contractor Edward Snowden?
According to a document released by the National Intelligence Council (NIC), the NSA had to gain permission to share information with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before they could use the information to help in the investigation.
The documents released by NSA show that the FBI was not allowed to access PRISM’s metadata program until the agency had first obtained a court order from the FISA court in 2016.
The court required the NSA to obtain an “immediate, tangible” warrant from a judge before it could use metadata from the program.
In a statement, NSA spokesperson Vanee Vines confirmed that PRISM had been used in the FBI’s investigation.
“We do not comment on ongoing litigation,” she said.
“However, the metadata program has been used by the FBI and the FBI has confirmed that it has been authorized to use PRISM in the course of the investigation.”
The DEA did not respond to a request for comment.
The DEA was not authorized to share PRISM with the DOJ, according to the documents, but the DOJ approved it.
The DEA’s Office of Law Enforcement and Intelligence is also not authorized by the court to share the program, the documents show.
The NSA also didn’t want to share its metadata with the DEA, according the documents.
According to the NSA documents, the DEA had to get approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2016 before it was allowed to use the PRISM data.
However, according a DOJ document, the DOJ did not want to give the NSA permission to use that data.
The DOJ’s Office was able to convince the FISA Court to give it permission to “use” PRISM metadata without first obtaining an approval from a FISA court judge.
The NSA obtained a “permanent” FISA court order on March 5, 2017, the day after the FISA order was issued.
The FISA court approved the NSA data collection program in September of last year.
The FBI and DHS also had to approve the NSA use of the data, according in the documents released.
The FBI and DOJ approved the data collection in September.
In the wake of Snowden’s leaks, the Trump administration has said it would not approve the use of PRISM unless the program was authorized by Congress and approved by the Justice Department.
The Trump administration’s handling of PRISMA metadata data has been criticized by civil liberties groups, and several former government officials have come out against the data sharing program, saying it was not appropriate or justified.
The National Security Archive released a report in September that found that the FISA law authorized the NSA “to conduct metadata collection under the PRISM program.”
The NSA was not required to get the FISA approval for this collection, the report found.