(Newsroom America) -- Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, says over the past week there have been "reckless disclosures" of intelligence community measures used to keep Americans safe.
Mr Clapper claims in a rush to publish, media outlets have not given the full context -- including the extent to which these programs are overseen by all three branches of government -- to these effective tools.
"In particular, the surveillance activities published in The Guardian and The Washington Post are lawful and conducted under authorities widely known and discussed, and fully debated and authorized by Congress.
"Their purpose is to obtain foreign intelligence information, including information necessary to thwart terrorist and cyber attacks against the United States and its allies," he said in a statement.
Mr Clapper says the ability to discuss these activities is limited by the need to protect intelligence sources and methods.
"Disclosing information about the specific methods the government uses to collect communications can obviously give our enemies a "playbook" of how to avoid detection. Nonetheless, Section 702 has proven vital to keeping the nation and our allies safe. It continues to be one of our most important tools for the protection of the nation's security.
"However, there are significant misimpressions that have resulted from the recent articles. Not all the inaccuracies can be corrected without further revealing classified information."
Mr Clapper has declassified for release some details about the recent unauthorized disclosures in the hope that it will help dispel some of the myths and add necessary context to what has been published. These can be found at: