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ABA president responds to NSA letter regarding attorney-client privilege

ABA president responds to NSA letter regarding attorney-client privilege

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2014 — American Bar Association President James R. Silkenat offered the following statement in response to a letter from National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander regarding the ABA’s Feb. 20 letter questioning the agency’s policies to protect the attorney-client privilege in the course of its intelligence mission:

“The American Bar Association appreciates the NSA’s expression of respect for the attorney-client privilege and looks forward to continuing a constructive dialogue with the NSA to ensure that American lawyers and their clients have confidence that their privileged communications are appropriately protected. The attorney-client privilege is fundamental to our system of justice and critical to the work of lawyers, who rely on the candor of their clients.”
 
NSA Director Alexander’s letter in response to the ABA can be found here.

ABA President Silkenat’s original letter to the NSA can be found here.

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