Carter fears NSA is spying on his emails

Former President Jimmy Carter (D) says he thinks the National Security Agency might be monitoring his emails.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Carter said he sends messages to foreign leaders via snail mail instead. 

“As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored. And 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,” he said “because I believe if I sent an e-mail, it will be monitored.” 

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Asked what he thinks of the NSA’s surveillance programs, Carter said they've been “extremely liberalized” and have “abused our own intelligence agencies.”

Carter’s comments come less than a week before administration officials are slated to submit a proposal to President Obama that recommends who should host the NSA’s collected telephone metadata. 

In January, Obama announced in a speech outlining reforms to the agency that the metadata program should be moved out of the government’s hands.

He tasked Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, with determining where it should be moved.

Their deadline is Friday, which Holder said last week they will meet.