Former President Carter suspects his email is monitored by NSA

Former President Jimmy Carter

Does the National Security Agency's Internet snooping reach into the email inboxes of former occupants of the White House? Former President Jimmy Carter thinks so.

In a view-ranging interview, Carter told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that if he wants to communicate with a foreign leader, he "type[s] or write[s] a letter myself, put[s] it in the post office, and mail[s] it."

"I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored," he told NBC News.

Carter also said he feels spying by the agency, and perhaps by other organs of the government, has been "extremely liberalized and, I think, abused by our own intelligence agencies."