A Running List of What We Know the NSA Can Do. So Far.

Friday, January 17, 2014 – 09:20 AM

By Jody Avirgan : Associate Producer, The Brian Lehrer Show

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National Security Agency (NSA) (Chris Hardie/flickr)

Update: Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, joined Brian Lehrer to discuss the list and provide context. Audio available to stream and download above.

The trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden has revealed the elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world. Here, a running list of things we now know the NSA can do, based on media reports and other publicly available documents — so far. If we missed any, let us know in the comments page or by tweeting @brianlehrer.

  • It can track the numbers of both parties on a phone call, as well location, time and duration. (More)
  • It can hack Chinese phones and text messages. (More)
  • It can set up fake internet cafes. (More)
  • It can spy on foreign leaders’ cell phones. (More)

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