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NSA Braces for News Leak of Its Cyber Surveillance Work

By    |   Monday, 16 Feb 2015 09:34 AM

The National Security Agency is bracing for another major leak, according to U.S. intelligence officials, who say they're expecting disclosures about the agency's technical cyber intelligence gathering capabilities to be published in an undisclosed news outlet.

The disclosure is not coming from an insider like former contractor Edward Snowden, who stole NSA documents, reports The Washington Free Beacon, but rather through technicians at a cybersecurity firm in Mexico. The company contacted the news outlet with its information, and a report about the breach could become public by this weekend.

The NSA, which is still recovering from Snowden's thefts, is not commenting about the report, The Free Beacon said. Snowden remains under asylum in Russia after he revealed documents that detailed the NSA's electronic surveillance practices and foreign intelligence gathering.

Snowden, speaking in New York Times media journalist David Carr's last Times Talk interview, called his disclosures "public interest work" and said that he was the "initial mechanism for disclosure" for the ongoing public debate over NSA surveillance procedures.

"The surveillance disclosures of 2013 are not an attack on the intelligence community," Snowden said. “If anything, they are a mandate … for reform, a mandate to fix these problems."

Snowden's leaks are continuing, though, including a disclosure in the German publication Der Spiegel last month about a NSA project called "GENIE," which is used to conduct electronic spying and cyber attacks on foreign networks, reports The Free Beacon.

Meanwhile, Snowden, who is becoming somewhat of a folk hero following his disclosures, spoke from Russia to hundreds of cheering young libertarians attending the International Students for Liberty conference over the weekend, reports Bloomberg.

He was named an honorary alumnus for the group, now in its eighth year, and restated his case against government surveillance.

"As they take the private records of all our lives, and they aggregate a dossier, how can that be said to be constitutional?" Snowden said. "Why have we funding and instituting this system of mass surveillance of people in our country and people around the world if there’s no track record that shows it works?"

Snowden tailored his argument to the libertarians, saying that the mostly college students at the event "take a more pro-liberty pro-rights perspective than others in the U.S. political agreement ... There’s an argument to be made that perfect enforcement of the law is not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very serious threat.

"Law is a lot like medicine. When you have too much it can be fatal."

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The National Security Agency is getting braced for another major leak, according to U.S. intelligence officials, who say they're expecting disclosures about the agency's technical cyber intelligence gathering capabilities to be published in an undisclosed news outlet.
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