Talk:Verizon says customer phone records were not handed over to the NSA

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May 2006[edit]

Can someone provide a source for

Verizon bought MCI, a long distance company in January and also says that they did not hand over records.

This sentence contradicts

But the statement by Verizon left open the possibility that MCI, the long-distance carrier it bought in January, did turn over such records — or that the unit, once absorbed into Verizon, had continued to do so.

from today's NYT. --vonbergm 20:04, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Same with the cited WaPo article

but did not address whether MCI Corp., the long-distance company it bought in January, may have done so.

I think this should be unpublished for now until this is sorted out. --vonbergm 20:08, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How is it now??? Well NYT Requires a subscription, so we cannot cite them. Jason Safoutin 20:32, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was wrong. Jason Safoutin 20:34, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

please provide a source[edit]

Jason, please provide a source for "Verizon bought MCI, a long distance company in January but says that they are unsure if they handed over records before the purchase." --vonbergm 21:20, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wahington Post...the first one. Agency but did not address whether MCI Corp., the long-distance company it bought in January, may have done so. Jason Safoutin 21:25, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not making a statement about something is very different from making a statement that one is "unsure". In other words, Verizon did not say anything about MCI, contrary to what the article claims. Please fix. I will check for other problems right now so that this can get published. --vonbergm 21:28, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Changed to - ....NSA but Verizon, which bought MCI, a long distance company, in January would not comment on whether or not they handed over records. Jason Safoutin 21:33, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is better, although "would" should be "did", I don't think anyone specifically asked about MCI yet, it is just that their statement is taylored to exclude MCI. I have made this a little more explicity like the the WaPo and NYT source. Looks good to me now, I will add some wikilinks. Feel free to publish if this version is ok with you too. --vonbergm 21:38, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I find this extremely funny in that I recently contacted an employee representative of Verizon, who assured me that Verizon complied with everything the federal government asked of them, including giving customer records to the National Security Agency for surveillance. 00:34, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Well you cannot argue with an official statement from the company. Jason Safoutin 01:25, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you had recorded that call or another way to verify the information, that would have made an interesting addition to the article. Anyway, I feel that we have not heard the end of this yet. --vonbergm 03:53, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


{{edit protected}} Please add this article to Category:USA Today and update the wikilink to become local. Thank you. Green Giant (talk) 16:40, 4 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 01:55, 5 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]