Ex-CEO: Spy Agency Sought Phone Company Help Months Before 9/11

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Scott Shane The New York Times

The phone company Qwest Communications refused a proposal from the National Security Agency that the company's lawyers considered illegal in February 2001, nearly seven months before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, the former head of the company contends in newly unsealed court filings.

The executive, Joseph P. Nacchio, also asserts in the filings that the agency retaliated by depriving Qwest of lucrative outsourcing contracts.

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