This internal NSA memo from SIGINT Director Teresa H Shea shows how the agency reacted to a October 2011 ruling of the FISA court, which was declassified after Edward Snowden’s revelations began. The ruling found that NSA had been intercepting the communications of non-targeted persons in the United States, violating the Fourth Amendment. The memo announces minimal changes to the Agency’s procedures, which the agency finally admitted were lacking in 2017, when it finally amended its mode of collection: see the Intercept article The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs In Eight U.S. Cities, 25 June 2018.
This single slide from an NSA Special Source Operations presentation shows that Uzbek refugee Fazliddin Kurbanov had been the subject of 702 (warantless) PRISM collection. This was not revealed to Kurbanov’s legal team when his case when to trial: see the Intercept article NSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, 30 November 2017.
A single slide from an NSA PRISM presentation claims that Saudi Prince Salman bin Sultan ordered Syrian rebels to “light up” Damascus in March 2013, to mark the second anniversary of the Syrian revolution: see the Intercept report NSA Document Says Saudi Prince Directly Ordered Coordinated Attack By Syrian Rebels On Damascus, 24 October 2017.
This extract from the 18 April 2013 edition of the internal NSA newsletter Special Source Operations Weekly provides details of five PRISM reports based on the output of Iranian academics working in the field of medical science. The presentation says the universities “are suspected of being linked to Iranian CBW [chemical and biological warfare] programs”: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.
Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on a complaint brought by Max Schrems, a 27-year-old graduate student, in response to Edward Snowden’s revelations. Schrems had argued that Facebook’s cooperation with the PRISM programme revealed by Edward Snowden meant that it was not adequately protecting the data of its European customers.
This NSA Special Source Operations presentation from 22 March 2013 supplies a detail about the Breckenridge access point that supports the identification of the corporate partner codenamed STORMBREW as US telecommunications company Verizon: see the New York Times article AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale, 15 August 2015.
This NSA memo from 23 March 2012 presentation describes the agency’s proposal for a fourth FAA 702 certification that would allow it to target hackers “tied to malicious cyber activity”: see the New York Times article Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border, 4 June 2015.
Since the first reporting on documents disclosed by Edward Snowden in June 2013, a number of legal challenges to GCHQ’s surveillance practices have been initiated in the UK. Today, in response to one of those applications, from Liberty and several other organisations, the court that oversees the GCHQ ruled against the UK intelligence services for the first time in its controversial 15 year history.
This undated PRISM intercept from the NSA suggests the agency was unable to decrypt the content of an OTR-encrypted chat session: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.