Former President Jimmy Carter told NBC News’ "Meet the Press" today that he writes important messages by traditional mail because he believes his email is monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA).
“I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored," said President Carter, noted MSNBC (video below). "And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it."
“Because I believe if I sent an email, it will be monitored,” added President Carter.
According to TIME, President Carter also said the NSA had abused its spying authority.
President Carter also stated that President Obama has not called him for advice as prior presidents have, reports the New York Daily News.
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“President Obama doesn’t, but previous Presidents have called on me and the Carter Center to take action,” President Carter said. “...I think the problem was that in dealing with the issue of peace between Israel and Egypt, the Carter Center has taken a very strong position of equal treatment… and I think this was a sensitive area in which the President didn’t want to be involved.”
“But I can understand those sensitivities and I don’t have any criticism of him,” added President Carter.