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Is NSA Going Deaf? What Is ‘Golf Cart Reporting’? — An Interview With REDACTED

This 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday features an interview with the deputy chief of the Middle East and North Africa product line. In light of a personnel shortage, he believes that new communications technology presents an advantage to the NSA, as the agency can spy on more intimate, firsthand communications from targets: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.

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Edward Snowden gives first US television interview

In a 40 minute interview broadcast by NBC on Wednesday 28 June, Edward Snowden was asked about his career history, his life in Russia, the NSA’s capabilities and the possibilty of him ever returning to the United States. During the broadcast, Edward Snowden described making his concerns about surveillance practices known both formally and informally before going public – something that NBC was able to confirm during the broadcast was indeed the case.

Three further short clips from this interview were later released by NBC.

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2009 SIGDEV Conference: ‘Best Yet and Continuing to Improve’

This internal NSA report dated 14 August 2009 describes that year’s SIGDEV (Sigint Development) Conference, in which representatives of 5 Eyes agencies and the wider US intelligence community meet “to synchronize discovery efforts, share breakthroughs, and swap knowledge on the art of analysis”: see the Intercept article: The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket, 4 April 2014.

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