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Edward Snowden had access to the operational data

July 7, 2014

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Most of the NSA’s documents published so far by journalists cooperation with Edward Snowden consisted of presentations describing various NSA’s programs and operations. Actually, the former NSA Director and other Government’s representatives repeatedly denied that Edward Snowden had access to real operational data i.e. the recordings of surveillance. The latest article published by Washingtom Post proves them wrong.

Washington Post holds data on 160,000 intercepted e-mail and instant-message conversations from more than 11,000 online accounts. The analysis of the data shows that the definition of “foreign“ target susceptible for NSA surveillance are very broad and allow to spy on many Americans based on their stay abroad, use of foreign language or communication with a foreigner. NSA also gathered thousands of documents including private photos having no relation to any criminal or terrorist activity. According to WP, some data of American citizens were found in half of the files. Another alarming finding is that about 90% of those who are spied on are incidental (unintended targets). Nevertheless their data are still saved in the NSA archives.

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