NSA sees your nude pix 'as fringe benefits of surveillance positions,' says Snowden


The Guardian has published a video in which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks with Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow.

The 31-year-old former US intel analyst discusses a number of things--including the claim that NSA employees often pass around intercepted nude photos, and treat access to such private images as a job perk.

Snowden again dismisses claims he was or is a Russian spy or agent, and describes such claims as “bullshit.”

Regarding your nude photos, Snowden says:

You've got young enlisted guys, 18 to 22. They've suddenly thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility, where they now have access to all of your private records. Now, in the course of their daily work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense. For example: an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation, but they're extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their chair, and they show their coworker. And their coworker says, "Oh, hey, that's great. Send that to Bill down the way. And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom, and sooner or later, this person's whole life has been seen by all of these other people. It's never reported. Nobody ever knows about it, because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak.

The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger then asks, “You saw instances of that happening?”

Responds Snowden, “Yeah.”


“It's routine enough, depending on the company that you keep, it could be more or less frequent," Snowden says.

"These are seen as the fringe benefits of surveillance positions."

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  1. Pics or it didn't happen.

  2. huh, it took a whole 5 posts before the victim blaming started.

  3. What about texting or e-mailing pics to your significant other?

    Sorry, but, while the intertubes can be used to broadcast information, it can also be used as a point-to-point communication method -- one person directly to another with (assumed) privacy in-between.

  4. So, if a husband and wife are separated by thousands of miles (due to a business trip, perhaps), then they should have NO expectations of privacy when sending pictures of their "naughty bits"?

    If you put pictures on Facebook, or send them to a person that you do not know very well, then you might deserve what you get. However, it is unacceptable for two people who trust each other to have their communications intercepted by a "man in the middle" without a warrant.

    The 4th Amendment is SUPPOSED to guarantee this. Why can't we, as a society, elect people who actually mean it when they take an oath to defend the Constitution?

  5. Ha! It would serve the filthy little perv's right if they have to look at my nasty old hide. Let them try to get that image out of their brain. The creeps!

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