Tuesday, November 5, 2013

No morsel too minuscule for all-consuming NSA

November 5, 2013
NSA
(Credit: NSA)
From thousands of classified documents, the National Security Agency emerges as an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations, The New York Times reports.
A review of classified agency documents obtained by Mr. Snowden and shared with The New York Times by The Guardian number in the thousands, part of a collection of about 50,000 items that focus mainly on its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters or GCHQ.
Today’s NSA is the Amazon of intelligence agencies, as different from the 1950s agency as that online behemoth is from a mom-and-pop bookstore. It sucks the contents from fiber-optic cables, sits on telephone switches and Internet hubs, digitally burglarizes laptops and plants bugs on smartphones around the globe. [...]


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