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Sen. Leahy denies reports he supports warrantless email searches

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Is Vermont's cyber senator doing a 180 when it comes to protecting your emails from prying eyes? A national news story out Tuesday says yes, but Sen. Patrick Leahy says it's not true.

At issue is a bill before Leahy's Senate Judiciary Committee that deals with government surveillance of internet activity. An article on CNET suggests Leahy supports a version of the bill that would give law enforcement access to emails, Facebook posts, Twitter messages and more without a search warrant. The article claims the bill is an "abrupt departure" from Leahy's earlier claims of enhanced privacy protections.

But the senator says it isn't true. He issued a statement Tuesday saying the warrant exceptions are just ideas being circulated for discussion in committee and Leahy says he does not support them.

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