​New NSA director to Silicon Valley: We come in peace

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Nevermind the surveillance spat between the US government and the tech titans of Silicon Valley: NSA Director Mike Rogers wants to mend fences.

The director of the National Security Agency has a message for Silicon Valley: We come in peace.

Adm. Michael Rogers’ attempt at rapprochement on Monday comes as tech firms are working to repel government surveillance after spying documents were leaked by Edward Snowden in June 2013. Apple and Google announced in September that the latest versions of their iOS and Android mobile operating systems, which power the vast majority of smartphones around the world, will be encrypted by default. Encryption hides the contents of a message so only authorized people can read it.

“It doesn’t do us any good to villainize either side of this argument,” Rogers said to about 100 professors, students and reporters at Stanford University. “Reasonable people can come to different conclusions about…

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