This October 2005 article, taken from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest, provides a brief history of the agency’s past and current relationship with its Turkish counterparts, which includes a staff of 40 NSA employees stationed in Ankara: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014.
Announced on 7 April 2014, awarded on 30 April 2014
Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras were named as joint winners of the 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling on 7 April 2014. The awards committee explained that “We have selected Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras for their efforts to expose the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of the communications of millions of people living in the United States. Their act of courage was undertaken at great personal risk and has sparked a critical and transformative debate about mass surveillance in a country where privacy is considered a constitutionally-protected right.”
Both winners spoke at the Ridenhour awards ceremony on 30 April 2014, by video link from Moscow and Berlin respectively, in a discussion moderated by James Bamford. Footage follows below, along with a full transcript.
This Boundless Informant slide shows the number of WINDSTOP records collected day-by-day between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013. WINDSTOP covers at least four NSA collection systems that depend on Five Eyes partners; the MUSCULAR project to intercept traffic from Google and Yahoo data centres is representated by the code DS-200B. In the given time period DS-200B accounted for 181 million records; DS-300 is INCENSER, another GCHQ cable-tapping operation: see the Washington Post article How we know the NSA had access to internal Google and Yahoo cloud data, 4 November 2013.
This Boundless Informant slide shows the number of Afghan phone records collected day-by-day between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013, from a facility codenamed US-962A5: see the Dagbladet article NSA-files repeatedly show collection of data «against countries» – not «from», 22 November 2013.
This three-page memo is an internal guide to the NSA’s Boundless Informant tool, which allows the agency’s Global Access Operations to assess its collection capabilities by means of metadata record counts: see the Guardian article Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data, 8 June 2013.
This Boundless Informant slide shows the number of French phone records collected day-by-day between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013: see the Le Monde article France in the NSA’s crosshair: phone networks under surveillance, 21 October 2013.
These slides, taken from a presentation dated 13 July 2012, outline some of the features of Boundless Informant, a tool used to describe the capabilities of the NSA unit called Global Access Operations (GAO): see the Guardian article Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data, 8 June 2013.