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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NSA gives Israel raw intercepts containing US citizens’data

image september 12, 2013 by Joseph Fitsanakis

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
The United States National Security Agency (NSA) shares raw intercepted data with Israeli intelligence without first deleting information pertaining to American citizens, according to a leaked document. British newspaper The Guardian published on Wednesday an informal memorandum of understanding between the NSA and the Israel SIGINT National Unit (ISNU). The five-page document was supplied to the newspaper by Edward Snowden, a technical contractor for the NSA who defected to Russia this past summer. It outlines an agreement reached in 2009 between the NSA and the ISNU, under which the American side provides the Israelis with raw intercepts, which often contain telephone and email data belonging to American citizens. The memorandum describes this type intelligence sharing as a “routine” aspect of a broader “SIGINT relationship between the two organizations”.

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