Yahoo asks government to clear air around mail-scanning reports

|By:, SA News Editor

Yahoo (YHOO +2.5%) is calling for help from the government in debunking reports that it secretly scanned customer mail at the request of U.S. intelligence.

The company had responded to a Reuters report about the scanning by calling it "misleading," and it says while it can't respond in detail to such stories, the government can.

Yahoo sent a letter to James Clapper, director of national intelligence, asking for confirmation of such an order, to declassify it if it exists, and to make a public comment.