WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the Internet, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same federal government that apparently intercepted communications to and from Google and Yahoo data centers without leaving a trace is facing scorn because it can't put together a working website for health care.
Citing leaked documents, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Google and Yahoo data centers around the world.
Across town, administration officials were grilled on Capitol Hill about continued problems, including security worries for the troubled health care website.
Computer professionals say the government can be both adept and inept at the same time because the tasks are so different.