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“risks important protections”

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, has responded to reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian which broke news that authorities were monitoring data from US citizens via a number of major tech firms.


The Director added that the leak was “reprehensible” and “risks important protections for the security of Americans”.

“Information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats,” Clapper further explained.

via US Director of National Intelligence: WaPost, Guardian PRISM reports contain ‘numerous inaccuracies’ – The Next Web.


adv. 1. For the most part; mainly

2. On a large scale; amply.

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large•ly (ˈlɑrdʒ li)


1. to a great extent; in great part; generally; chiefly.

2. in great quantity; much.


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writ large


penned, recorded, or exhibited in large or prominent characters. Chiefly in fig. use. c1645 MILTON Sonn., On new Forcers Consc. 20 New Presbyter is but Old Priest writ Large.  1868 FARRAR Silence & V. iii. (1875) 56 Let us look beyond them, and see it writ large upon the history of nations. 1877 L. MORRIS Epic Hades II. 117 That my life…Was but a tale Writ large by Zeus.


on a larger scale or in a more prominent manner: “the problems of modern totalitarianism are only our own problems writ large” — Times Literary Supplement

American Heritage

signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: “The man was no more than the boy writ large” – George Eliot.