Title: Classification guide for ECI Whipgenie

Release Date: 2014-10-10

Document Date: 2004-05-21

Description: This NSA classification guide from 2004 outlines the sensitivity of various aspects of the agency’s WHIPGENIE relationships with US corporate partners: see the Intercept article Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany, 10 October 2014.

Document: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE

(U//FOUO) CLASSIFICATION GUIDE FOR
ECI WfflPGENIE
02-05

Effective Date: 21 May 2004

Classified by:

Deputy Chief of Staff
For Operations and Support

Reason(s) for Classification: 1.4(c)

Declassify on: 20291123

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(U) NSA/CSS CLASSIFICATION GUIDE NUMBER: 02-05
(U) PUBLICATION DATE: 21 May 2004

(U//FOUO) PROJECT ACTIVITY NAME: Special Source Operations, ECI
WHIPGENIE (WPG)

(U) OFFICE OF ORIGIN: S332

(U//FOUO) POC:

(U) PHONE:

(U//FOUO) CLASSIFIED BY:

(U) DECLASSIFICATION DATE: 20291123

(S//SI) This guide provides classification guidance regarding ECI WHIPGENIE, which
covers Special Source Operations (S332) relationships with U.S. Corporate Partners under the
cover term WHIPGENIE. ECI WHIPGENIE will be the compartmented access that protects
information related to this program.

1.0. (U) Partners:

Description of Information Classification/ Markings Reason Declassification Date Remarks
1.1. (U) The term WHIPGENIE or trigraph WPG when standing alone. UNCLASSIFIED
1.2. (U//FOUO) The term WHIPGENIE or the trigraph WPG in association with ECI, NSA, SIGINT or intelligence UNCLASSIFIED// FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
1.3. (C//SI) The fact that WHIPGENIE is associated with SIGINT collection. CONFIDENTIAL// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123
1.4. (C//SI) The fact that WHIPGENIE is associated with unconventional or special source collection. CONFIDENTIAL// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123
1.5. (U//FOUO) The fact that NSA and Corporate Partners are involved in SIGINT “cooperative efforts.” UNCLASSIFIED// FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
1.6. (S//SI) The fact that SECRET//COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123

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NS A and Corporate Partners are involved in SIG1NT "cooperative efforts” with reference to ECI WHIPGENIE
1.7. (TS//S1) The fact that NSA and a unnamed Corporate Partner are involved in a "cooperative effort” against cable collection to include domestic wire access collection. TOP SECRET// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123 (TS//SI) The fa:t that it is cable collection makes it TOP SECRET7/COMINT
1.8. (S//SI) Association of HCI WHIPCiENlE partnership cover terms with specific corporate partners. TOP SECRET// COMINT-liCI WPG//NOFORN 1.41.9. (S//S1) NSA ECI WHIPGENIE Court Order documents containing names of corporations TOP SECRET// COM INT//ORCON 1.4(c) 20291123
1.10(TS//SI) The fact that FBI provides assistance with compelled and cooperative partnerships associated with WHIPGENIE. TOP SECRET// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123
1.11. (TS//SI) Details of I B 1 assistance with compelled and cooperative partnerships associated with WHIPGENIE TOP SECRET// CO.M1N f-ECl WPG 1.4(c) 20291123

2.0. (U) Site locations:

Description of Information Classification/ Markings Reason Declassification Date Remarks
2.1. (CV/'Sl) Information that reveals in any way the location of facilities that provide WH1PGEN1E access and/or collection in macro (ijc. continent) terms S ECRET//COMI NT 1.4(c) 20291123 (S//SI) Examples: FAIRVIEW has a European Collection Site. STORMBREW is active in the Middle East.
2.2. (C/.'SI) Information that reveals in any way the location of facilities that provides WHIPGENIE access and/or collection in micro (i*. country or regional country) terms TOP SECRET// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123

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2.3. (C//S1) Information TOP SECRET// 1.4(c) 2)291123 (TS//SI) Examples:
that reveals in any way the COMINT-ECl Street address of
address of facilities that WPG//NOFORN BLARNEY Covert
provide WHIPGENIE Sites would be
access and/or collection by classified TS//SI-ECI
a specific entity WPG//NF

3.0. (U) Techniques:

Description of Information Classification/ Markings Reason Declassification Date Remarks
3.1. (C7/SI) .Association of WH1PGENIE or associated covcrtcrms with specific unconventional collection methods and techniques TOP SECRET// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123 (TS//SI) Examples: Cable Taps Switch Operations
3.2. (TS//S1) Information which reveals the scope of WHIPGENIE collection against various methods of communication associated with cable collection. TOP SECRET// COMINT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123 (TS//SI) Examples: WHIPGENIE programs collect plaintext and encrypted facsimile, printer and voice, transmitted over cable.
3.3. (S/.'Sl) Identification of specific methods, techniques and devices used to select, filter and process WHIPGENIE target communications SECRHT//COMINT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123 (S//S1) Examples: POWERPLANT. TUMBRIL. DNR call selection. Router IP Selection
3.4. (U//FOUO) Information that reveals the cost of individual items in association with the WHIPGENIE programs SECRHT//COMLNT 1.4(c) 20291123
3.5. (U//FOUO) Information that reveals the technical characteristics of any individual items funded by the WHIPGENIE programs including size, capabilities and functions S EC RHT//COMI N T 1.4(c) 20291123 (S//S1) Examples: WHIPGENIE programs include the purchase of 10 WEALTtIYCLUSTER systems in FY04.

4.0. (U) Targets and Collected Data:

Description of Information Classification/ Markings Reason Declassification Date Remarks
4.1. (S//S1) Raw WHIPGENIE intercept S EC RHT//COMI N T 1.4(c) 20291123

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alone, exclusive of data described ir. 4.2
4.2. (TS//SI) Raw Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warranted collection, encrypted or unencrypted, associated with ECI WHIPGENIE programs TOP SECRET// COMINT-ECI ROT// REL 1.4(c) 20291123 (TS//SI) (Fact of FISA association with ECI WHIPGENIE is TS//SI.) Refer to ECI RAGTIME classification guide for further details. REL to be determined on a case-bv-case basis.
4.3. (S//S1) Processed WHIPGENIE traffic, such as a verbatim transcript or gisted traffic which does not disclose specific methods or techniques, and exclusive of traffic described ir. 4.4 SECRET//COMINT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123
4.4. (TS//S1) Processed WHIPGENIE traffic, derived from FISA warranted traffic, such as a verbatim transcript or gisted traffic which does not disclose specific methods or techniques SECRET//COMLNT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123
4.5. (TS//SI) Unminimizcd processed FISA warranted traffic such as a verbatim transcript or gisted traffic, that docs not disclose specific methods or techniques SECRET7/COMLNT// NOFORN at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123
4.6. (TS//SI) Minimized processed FISA warranted traffic such as a verbatim transcript or gisted traffic that docs not disclose specific methods or techniques SECRET//COMLNT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123
4.7. (S//SI) SIGINT product derived from WHIPGENIE encrypted or unencrypted collection SECRET//COMLNT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123 (L7/FOUO) Target offices may add caveats (i.c. NOFORN. ORCON. etc.) if the intelligence product itself warrants such protection.
4.8. (C//SI) Information used to evaluate the quantity and/or value of SECRET//COMLNT 1.4(c) 20291123 (U//FOUO) Examples: PLUS

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WHIPGENIE collection based or. product at a minimum YELLOWSTONE Target offices may add caveats (i.e. NOFORN. ORCON, etc.) if the information addressed here warrants such protection.
4.9. (TS//SI) Information that reveals specific MSA warranted targets associated with ECT WHIPGENIE programs. TOP SECRET// COMINT at a minimum 1.4(c) 20291123 (S//S1) Examples: Specific Phone Numbers; specific E-Mail addresses; Agents of Foreign Powers; NGO Headquarters.
4.10. (S//SI) Survey information from Corporate Partners that reveals the partner's identity associated with liCI WHIPGEN1E programs. TOP SECRET// COMINT-ECI WPG//NOPORN 1.4(c) 20291123

5.0. (U) Collection Authority:

Description of Information Classification/ Markings Reason Declassification Date Remarks
5.1. (TS//SI) The fact that WH1PGENTE Programs are involved in domestic wire access or the MSA collection TOP SECRET// COMINT 1.4(c) 20291123
5.2. (TS//SI) The fact that WH1PGEME Programs are involved in the collection of US transiting communications TOP SECRET// COMINT 14(c) 20291123

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