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

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.

Carter Uses Snail Mail Because of Spying