On Mar. 12, 2013, NSA Director James R. Clapper lied to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) and Congress:
Sen. Wyden: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?”
Gen. Clapper replied untruthfully: “No, sir,” rubbing his head.
Sen. Wyden asked, “It does not?”
Still rubbing his head, Clapper hedged, knowing the NSA was engaged in high crimes and he was covering it up: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly.”
On Jun. 06, 2013, nine weeks later, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA is involved in a massive bulk data collection program on all American citizens called PRISM.