Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., left, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, prepare for a hearing with FBI Director Robert Mueller, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. As Mueller nears the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency, the committee questioned him about the IRS, surveillance activities, and the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) defended the National Security Agency's surveillance programs Friday, saying that she has never come across an example of the NSA deliberately abusing its powers.

Feinstein released a statement in response to a Washington Post report detailing thousands of privacy violations committed by the NSA every year.

"As I have said previously, the committee has never identified an instance in which the NSA has intentionally abused its authority to conduct surveillance for inappropriate purposes," Feinstein said.