Jimmy Carter Uses Snail Mail When He Doesn’t Want to Be Spied On

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks at the Commonwealth Club of California on February 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Former President Carter delivered a speech and took questions from the audience during a Commonwealth Club of California event at the Herbst Theatre.
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"When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the Post Office and mail it, because I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored," Carter told NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Sunday. A few years ago, that kind of comment from an 89-year-old man — even one who was the 39th President of the United States — might have made people wonder if he was starting to lose it, but now it just sounds like common sense.