The White House and intelligence officials are set to reveal the full extent of the U.S. government’s massive domestic surveillance program in the coming days.
Sources say that, when all is said and done, the administration will unveil “major news” in an announcement Thursday afternoon, according to The Hill.
But the exact nature of that news will be kept under wraps.
The program, which was first exposed by a leaked NSA document, includes the collection of metadata on Americans’ phone calls, emails and other communications.
The information is used to build a map of their every move, and it can include the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of those who call and the locations of the people who send and receive the messages.
The administration has also been criticized for not sharing details about the programs, including whether the programs are used to identify terrorists, criminals and foreign spies.
A senior administration official told The Hill that “the administration is committed to fully explaining how the program works, including the capabilities and limitations of the programs to the public and the Congress.”
The official did not elaborate.
It is not clear how the White House will announce the program publicly, the official added.
A spokesperson for the Office, which coordinates the White Houses intelligence and national security departments, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The official said the Office is “reviewing” its policies and processes to “make sure they meet the law and legal requirements.”