NSA admits analysts spied on their lovers using eavesdropping technology
Agency details a number of incidents when employees gathered intelligence on partners when they were out of the US
Saturday 24 August 2013
Staff working at the US National Security Agency, the intelligence body revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden to have spied on millions of people, used surveillance technology to keep tabs on their spouses, the agency said.
It said on Friday that a number of its analysts "knowingly and deliberately" exceeded its surveillance authority on occasion over the past ten years and that those involved were disciplined.
"Very rare instances of willful violations of the NSA's authorities have been found," the agency said in a statement.
The Daily Telegraph reports that employees even had a code name for the practice of gathering intelligence on their partners - "Love-int".
Dianne Feinstein, a US senator who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, reported that the NSA told her committee about a number of "isolated cases" that occurred roughly once a year for the last decade. It was made clear that the spying was carried out when a spouse or partner was outside the US.
Ms Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said on Friday, "These incidents ... in most instances did not involve an American's information."
"I have been informed by the NSA that disciplinary action has been taken, and I am reviewing each of these incidents in detail," she added.
The Associated Press reports that one employee was disciplined for using the NSA's resources to track a former spouse.
In an interview with reporters last week, the agency's director of compliance, John DeLong, said the abuses "are taken very seriously."
"When we make mistakes, we detect, we correct and we report," DeLong said.
The Agency said that none of the abuses involved violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the USA Patriot Act, laws which former systems analyst Edward Snowden revealed the agency had broken with his leaks of classified information.
His disclosures detailed the extent of American spying on its citizens and those of other countries through the NSA's 'Prism' programme.
Snowden fled the US and has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
booksA Christmas story in six parts
travelWill high-value tourism help the workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
Ten best places to live in the UK: Hart in Hampshire takes top spot
'Untrue statements' anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans
Paul Walker's daughter Meadow attends Justin Bieber Believe premiere
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
David Cameron takes his biggest gamble yet as he gets tough on Europe over immigration
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana as plagues and fungus infections spread across world’s supplies
- 1 Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy
- 5 Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness
- < Previous
- Next >
£40000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer (WPF...
£45000 - £65000 per annum + London: Harrington Starr: Senior Automation QA Eng...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Year 6 Teacher - Gilli...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Teacher of English - S...