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An “additional target country” for MYSTIC

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Document Date: 2013-01-01Release Date: 2014-03-18
This extract from the 2013 Congressional Budget Justification for the National Intelligence Program (the Black Budget) describes the spread of MYSTIC’s “complete access” to other target counries: see the Washington Post article NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls, 18 March 2014.
(U) Project Description (S//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) The Special Source Operations (SSO) Project provides management oversight and logistical support to the Special Source Access programs. These ...
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SSO dictionary – MYSTIC

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Release Date: 2014-05-19
This extract is taken from an undated dictionary produced by NSA Special Source Operations, providing glosses for several terms associated with MYSTIC operations. The name of one country has been redacted: see the Intercept article Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas, 19 May 2014. Download […]
BASECOAT (TS//SI//NF) MYSTIC acess; Bahamas A-link GSM. DEA access under LI that collects Counter-Narcotic (CN) targets. There are two sites located in the Bahamas. It is currently being used as a...
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SOMALGET

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Document Date: 2012-05-01Release Date: 2014-05-19
This May 2012 memo from the NSA’s International Crime and Narcotics division describes the operation of the MYSTIC system in the Bahamas and another, unnamed, country: see the Intercept article Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas, 19 May 2014.
(S//SI//REL) Iiitro: Here in S2F, we've had gr eat success using systems that buffer hill-take audio collection for a nominal 30 days — diese systems have led to real breakthroughs in target di...
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Cyber Threats and Special Source Operations

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Document Date: 2013-03-22Release Date: 2015-08-15
This NSA Special Source Operations presentation from 22 March 2013 supplies a detail about the Breckenridge access point that supports the identification of the corporate partner codenamed STORMBREW as US telecommunications company Verizon: see the New York Times article AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale, 15 August 2015.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN TOPSECRET//SI//REL USA, Cyber Threats and Special Source Operations A Current Perspective for NTOC March 22 2013 Classified...
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SSO FAIRVIEW Overview

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Release Date: 2015-08-15
This undated NSA Special Source Operations presentation describes the agency’s relationship with corporate partner AT&T, codenamed FAIRVIEW: see the New York Times article AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale, 15 August 2015.
TOP SECRET//SI/OC//NOFORN CAIDVICUU SSO FAIRVIEW Overview TOP SECRET//SI/OC//NOFORN • (U) FAIRVIEW DEFINED • (U) OPERATIONAL AUTHORITIES/CAPABILITIES • (U) STATS: WHO IS USING D...
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SHELLTRUMPET Processes it’s One Trillionth Metadata Record

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Document Date: 2012-12-31Release Date: 2014-05-13
This 31 December 2012 post from the NSA’s intranet describes the scale of the metadata records handled by the SHELLTRUMPET analysis tool: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 100 (S//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) SHELLTRUMPET Processes it|'s One Trillionth Metadata Record (S//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) On December 21, 2012 SHELLTRUMPET processed its One Trillionth meta...
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MYSTIC

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Release Date: 2014-03-18
This is cover slide from a briefing presentation on MYSTIC produced by the NSA’s Special Source Operations: see the Washington Post article NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls, 18 March 2014.
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (U//FOUO) MYSTIC (U//FOUO) UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
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Tasking of SCALAWAG

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Release Date: 2014-03-18
This extract from the NSA’s Special Source Operations division’s weekly memo describes the operation of SCALAWAG, the SIGAD (or collection address) associated with the MYSTIC collection of bulk telephony data: see the Washington Post article NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls, 18 March 2014.
(U) Tasking of SCALAWAG (TS//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) SCALAWAG/US-3310BG has long since reached the point where it was collecting and sending home far more than the bandwidth could handle. Over ...

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