Title: Special Source Operations Weekly – 14 March 2013

Release Date: 2014-06-18

Document Date: 2013-03-14

Description: This excerpt from the 14 March 2013 edition of internal NSA newsletter SSO Weekly describes an incident on 12 March where “unwitting” contractors discovered a cable tap known as WHARPDRIVE, which had to be discreetly reinstalled and provides details about the Breckenridge access point that corroborate the identification of the NSA’s corporate partner STORMBREW as […]

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14 MARCH 2013

Special
Source

Operations
Watkly

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(U) CORPORATE TEAM

(U//FOUO) BRIEFER:

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(U) Operational Highlight

(TS//SI//NF) STORMBREW -TRANSIT DNI

Metadata Collection

* (TS//NF) Activated on 11 March at BRECKENRIDGE

* (U//FOUO) Metadata collection is SMTP only at this time

* (TS//NF) Foreignness is confirmed with IPP from FAIRVIEW

* (C//REL to USA, FVEY) Data is flowing into MARINA

* (U//FOUO) Content collection should happen soon

UPDATE: As of 1826Z on 13 March 2013,
STORMBREW began content collection
of SMTP under Transit Authority!!

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(U//FOUO) OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHT

WHARPDRIVE

(TS//SI//NF) SSO was informed on 12 March 2013 that the access
point for WHARPDRIVE was discovered by commercial
consortium personnel. Witting partner personnel have removed
the evidence and a plausible cover story was provided. All
collection has ceased.

(TS//SI//NF) SSO was planning to conduct a week of training in
April and support a deployment in June, however, the partner
has requested to delay both training and shipping.

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