Skip to comments.Snowden Document: NSA Spied On Al Jazeera Communications (Horors ? )
Posted on 09/02/2013 1:15:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Al Jazeera's newsroom in Doha, Qatar.
Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera was spied on by the National Security Agency, according to documents seen by SPIEGEL. The US intelligence agency hacked into protected communication, a feat that was considered a particular success.
It makes sense that America's National Security Agency (NSA) would be interested in the Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera. The Qatar-based channel has been broadcasting audio and video messages from al-Qaida leaders for more than a decade.
The United States intelligence agency was so interested, in fact, that it hacked into Al Jazeera's internal communications system, according to documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden that have been seen by SPIEGEL.
One such document, dated March 23, 2006, reveals that the NSA's Network Analysis Center managed to access and read communication by "interesting targets" that was specially protected by the news organization. The information also shows that the NSA officials were not satisfied with Al Jazeera's language analysis.
In addition to cracking the airline reservation services for Russian airline Aeroflot, accessing "Al Jazeera broadcasting internal communication" was listed as a "notable success," the document shows. The NSA said these selected targets had "high potential as sources of intelligence."
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Seems OK to me.
Now if only someone can convince those in NSA who are confused about the Constitution that they should stop spying on American citizens.
H/T to the Drudge Report.
Does that mean they were monitoring Bammy’s communications?
And the problem is?
This is exactly the type of work NSA is supposed to be doing!
More power to them in this sort of endeavor.
I assure you that if was merely accidental that they actually spied on some actual bad guys instead of Americans for once.
The parties responsible have been sacked.