Those were the startling words shared by former FBI Counter Terrorism agent Tim Clemente just over a decade ago on CNN on May 2nd, 2013. Clemente was asked about statements he made the day before on CNN's program, Erin Burnett Outfront. In that conversation, Clemente hinted at the U.S. government having tools that were then unknown to most of the public in this pre-Snowden era.
The statement that all digital communication can be captured was reported on by Glenn Greenwald while still at The Guardian, Huffington Post, TruthDig, and the ACLU. The transcript of the conversation between Burnett and Clemente still exists on CNN's website today. It reads:
BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?