Microsoft Asks Holder for Freedom to Inform Public on PRISM and 2 Other Dow Movers to Watch

Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith has written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to allow the company to more fully describe to the public the extent of federal government surveillance of its customers subsequent to the PRISM revelations. Smith used extraordinarily dramatic tones to plead with Holder to persuade President Obama to be more transparent with the public on how the NSA and other agencies gather and sort data from big tech firms. Smith’s letter opens with the following paragraph: “I’m writing to ask you to get involved personally in assessing the Constitutional issues raised by Microsoft and other companies that have repeatedly asked to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information. In my opinion, these issues are languishing amidst discussions among multiple parts of the Government, the Constitution itself is suffering, and it will take the personal involvement of you or the President to set things right.”