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After leaks, US declassifies surveillance order

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The Barack Obama administration declassified a court order authorizing the collection of US phone records, even as it faced new disclosures about the reach of its secret electronic surveillance. 

Senator Patrick Leahy (C) speaks with Deputy Attorney General James Cole (R) during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Under mounting pressure from lawmakers, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the order spells out how the government can use call data obtained from telecom giants such as Verizon.

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