If one person knows as much as Edward Snowden did, imagine what the guys at the top of the agency have been keeping under the lid?
More news out of Maryland today, this time revealing operations which set out to place taps on the cell phones and computers of 35 as-of-yet unnamed world leaders. Acquired through the sharing of contacts between branches of government, the so-called practice of “Rolodexing” was used to locate and track nearly 200 citizens of various nations, including the 35 leaders whose names were supposedly never put to a page.
Analysts suspect it’s the same reason the NSA was uncomfortable leaving traces of these links around that points to the potential importance of the targets in question. The surveillance team seemingly had no issue revealing the identities of 165 other members on the list, but when it came to this select group, knowledge that the Americans had direct access to their lines could be enough to start a war. The documents suggest this kind of brazen, wideswept wiretapping was standard practice among agents and the administration, even relying on officials from Congress and the UN to supply them with a supply of viable entry points.
“In one recent case,” the memo notes, “a US official provided NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders … Despite the fact that the majority is probably available via open source, the PCs [intelligence production centers] have noted 43 previously unknown phone numbers. These numbers plus several others have been tasked.”
The memo goes on to acknowledge that “little reportable intelligence” was gained from the international spying scandal, and overall the mission had yielded few tangible results of value.
Considering the number of laws we broke in dozens of different of countries at the same time, it’s a little disheartening to see the whole thing fizzle out so uneventfully. But as we all know, foreign ministers and ambassadors to the state aren’t the only one’s getting their daily conversations transcribed these days, as the NSA continues its mass surveillance programs across all major cellular networks and broadband connections. To avoid these dreaded dragnets, stay anonymous and out of range with VyprVPN. Featuring over 200,000 available IP addresses, you can be sure they will never run out of available channels for you and your loved ones to connect to the internet with safety, security, and proper peace of mind.