(10-20-2013) Originally appearing in Germany's De Spiegel, this joint effort by Snowden liason Laura Poitras, Jens Glüsing, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark is the most extreme example we've yet seen of our secret machine gone berserk. Now perhaps you have a clue why Keith Alexander and John Inglis will be leaving Washington DC very soon. Their intentions were officially noted October 16, and today the revelations accelerate:
In August 2009, according to internal documents, the agency gained access to the emails of various high-ranking officials in Mexico's Public Security Secretariat that combats the drug trade and human trafficking. This hacking operation allowed the NSA not only to obtain information on several drug cartels, but also to gain access to "diplomatic talking-points." In the space of a single year, according to the internal documents, this operation produced 260 classified reports that allowed US politicians to conduct successful talks on political issues and to plan international investments.
The tone of the document that lists the NSA's "tremendous success" in monitoring Mexican targets shows how aggressively the US intelligence agency monitors its southern neighbor. "These TAO accesses into several Mexican government agencies are just the beginning -- we intend to go much further against this important target," the document reads. It goes on to state that the divisions responsible for this surveillance are "poised for future successes."
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