May 20

Bart Gellman on Snowden

Edward Snowden

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Bart Gellman’s long-awaited (at the very least by me) reserve on Edward Snowden, Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State, will finally be posted in a month or more. There’s an adapted excerpt in the Atlantic.

It’s a fascinating read, mostly concerning the federal government surveillance of him along with other journalists. He speaks about an NSA plan called FIRSTFRUITS that particularly spies on US journalists. (This is not news; we learned all about this in 2006. But there are several new details.)

One paragraph inside the excerpt struck myself:

Yrs later Richard Ledgett, that oversaw the NSA’s media-leaks task push and continued to end up being the agency’s deputy director, explained matter-of-factly to assume that my defenses have been breached. “My get is, whatever you men had was pretty instantly in the fingers of any foreign cleverness service that needed it,” he mentioned, “whether it had been Russians, Chinese, French, the Israelis, the Brits. Between you, Poitras, and Greenwald, confident you guys dislike up to full-fledged nation-state try to exploit your IT. To add not just remote things, but hands-on, sneak-into-your-house-at-night sort of things. That’s my guess.”

I remember thinking a similar thing. It was the summertime of 2013, and I was going to Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro. This is just after Greenwald’s companion had been detained in the united kingdom attempting to ferry some paperwork from Laura Poitras in Berlin back again to Greenwald. It had been an opsec disaster; they might have been a lot more secure if they’d emailed the encrypted files. Actually, I informed them to achieve that, every single time. I needed them to deliver encrypted random junk backwards and forwards constantly, to hide if they were actually posting real data.

As soon when i saw their residence I realized just what Ledgett said. I recall standing beyond your house, looking at the dense forest for TEMPEST receivers. I didn’t notice any, which only explained they were properly concealed. I guessed that black-bag teams from different countries had recently been all around the house if they were out for supper, and wondered what could have happened if groups from different nations bumped into one another. I assumed that the countries Ledgett in the above list — in addition to the US and some more — had a complete consider of what Snowden provided the journalists. These journalists against those governments simply wasn’t a good fight.

I’m looking towards reading Gellman’s guide. I’m sort of surprised no-one sent me an progress copy.

About the author 

Agent 86

Maxwell Smart, agent 86, is CONTROL's top spy (except for Bannister) and, later, the Chief of CONTROL.

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