Wapo defends its story against claims by the NSA that Wapo mischaracterized the facts.
Asked about reports that the NSA “broke into Google and Yahoo databases worldwide,” Gen. Keith Alexander said flatly “that’s never happened.” He continued, “I can tell you factually we do not have access to Google servers, Yahoo servers.”
One can see the holes in Alexander’s denial very quickly. If true, his statement is that the NSA doesn’t have access to Google’s/Yahoo’s servers, not that the NSA never accessed either company’s data (outside of either company complying with demands for data). Or, maybe what he means is that the NSA had access to either company’s servers, but no longer has that access, or has relinquished that access. Or maybe he’s just lying completely, and they do in fact have access. It’s hard to tell. In any event, I don’t think Wapo has much to worry about regarding which organization–Wapo or the NSA–has more credibility.