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But, he said, Americans "have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, in our devices".
Comey vowed to finish his term and identified Russian Federation as one of the top cybersecurity threats facing the United States while avoiding any mention of election hacking during his first extended remarks since President Trump claimed former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones.
"The FBI is an addictive life", said Comey, who said the agency is trying to be a "little cooler".
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Also noteworthy is the fact that Comey has yet to investigate or even express interest in investigating the source of the leaks, which is also leading some to suspect that these insider leaks are coming from federal agents.
"You're stuck with me", he told the conference's attendees. Comey also said, "There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America".
The FBI director is appointed by the president, with confirmation from the Senate, and a president can remove the director, although he would risk accusations of political interference if he were to do so. And we made that bargain over two centuries ago to achieve two goals, to achieve the very very important goal of privacy, and to achieve the very important goal of security.
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Over the past several months, FBI Director James Comey has found himself - intentionally or not - thrust squarely into the world of partisan politics. We all value security.
Comey made his remarks amid increased media attention on the USA intelligence community, in part due to its rocky relationship with President Donald Trump, who likened the agencies to Nazi Germany in a tweet in January. "We're not looking to know your private information, but we need to know you in a way so we can help you in a hard circumstance".