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DROPMIRE

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Release Date: 2013-06-30 Document Date: 2007-01-01
This redacted slide from a 2007 NSA presentation describes NSA operations against the EU embassy in Washington DC: see the Guardian article New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies, 30 June 2013.
DROPMIRE -DROPMIRE implanted on the Cryptofax at the EU Embassy D.C. The EU pass diplomatic cables via this system back to the MI A.
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Italy, Spain – Last 30 Days

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Release Date: 2013-07-01 Document Date: 2013-01-01
This Boundless Informant slide shows the number of Italian and Spanish phone records collected day-by-day between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013: see the Spiegel article How the NSA Targets Germany and Europe, 1 July 2013.
SPAIN - Last 30 Days Q«. c** * ■ ITALY - Last 30 Days Q m D os- % ■ 5.000000 Oec 10 0«:17 C*c24 Otcll Jan
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HOMING PIGEON

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2012-01-01
These two slides, taken from a 2012 NSA presentation, describe the agency’s monitoring of in-air communications and the sharing of that information among the Five Eyes: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 166 TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVEY (U) ANALYTIC DRIVER (CONT.) □(S//SI//REL FVEY) Analytic Question Given a GSM handset detected on a known aircraft flight, what is the lik...
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Email Address Queries in XKeyScore

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Release Date: 2014-05-13
These two slides demonstrate how email search queries are conducted in XKeyScore: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
email1.jpg: Page 157 TOP SECRET,VCOWNTflREL TO U8A, AU8, CAN, OBR, NZL Creating Email Address Queries Enter usernames and domains into query Search: Email Addresses Quary Name ...
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SSO HIGHLIGHT – Microsoft Skydrive Collection Now Part of PRISM Standard Stored Communications Collection

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2013-03-08
This post from NSA’s intranet dated 8 March 2013 announces the addition of Microsoft cloud computing Skydrive data to PRISM, which has been implemented with the company’s active cooperation: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 113 (TS//SI//NF) SSO HIGHLIGHT - Microsoft Skydrive Collection Now Part of PRISM Standard Stored Communications Collection »------------------ NAME REDACTED on 2013-03-08 1500 ...
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Stealthy Techniques Can Crack Some of SIGINT’s Hardest Targets

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2010-06-01
A June 2010 report from the NSA internal newsletter SIDtoday, authored by the chief of the agency’s Access and Target Development, describes the interdiction and backdooring of “shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc.)”: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN June 2010 (U) Stealthy Techniques Can Crack Some of SIGINT’s Hardest Targets By: (U//FOUO)| 1, Chief, Access and Target Development (S3261) (TS//SE/NF)...
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SHELLTRUMPET Processes it’s One Trillionth Metadata Record

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2012-12-31
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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WORDGOPHER

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2009-01-01
An extract from a 2009 memo from the technical director of NSA Mission Operations, describing improvements at Misawa Security Operations Center (MSOC), the agency’s collection point in Misawa, Japan: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 98 Future Plans (U) (TS//SI//REL) In the future, MSOC hopes to expand the number of WORDGOPHER platforms to enable demodulation of thousands of additional low-rate carriers. These ...
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Identifier Lead Triage with ECHOBASE

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Release Date: 2014-04-30 Document Date: 2012-06-01
This SIGDEV presentation dated June 2012 describes techniques for filtering very large datasets through the cloud-based GHOSTMACHINE framework. Cooperation between NSA and GCHQ during the 2012 London Olympics – the “Olympic Option” – is used as a case study: see the Intercept article British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA’s Data Pools, 30 […]
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Visit Precis: Sir Iain Lobban

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Release Date: 2014-04-30 Document Date: 2013-04-01
This internal NSA document from April 2013 gives background information to prepare for the then GCHQ Director’s visit on 30 April and 1 May; included topics include access to PRISM data, FLAME malware, Iran, Syria and Israel: see the Intercept article British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA’s Data Pools, 30 April 2014. […]
TOPSECRET//SI//NOFORN VISIT PRÉCIS Sir Iain Lobban, KCMG, CB Director, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 30 April 2013 - 1 May 2013 GEN A Hosted Dinner: 30 April 2013//1...
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Thanksgiving Stories: Ever Have an 'Odd Duck' of a Holiday?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-14
SIDtoday would like submissions of quirky Thanksgiving experiences that NSA’ers have had while deployed. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Thanksgiving Stories: Ever Have an 'Odd Duck' of a Holiday? FROM: SIGINT Communications U...
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November 11th: A Day Dedicated to Peace

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-10
Members of the military and veterans are thanked and remembered on Veterans Day. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) November 11th: A Day Dedicated to Peace FROM: CW4 , USA SIGINT Director's Military Crypto...
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Some Info on 'Compensatory Time Off for Travel'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-10
There are new guidelines for how staff can claim compensatory hours for time they spend traveling to and from a temporary duty location. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Some Info on 'Compensatory Time Off for Travel' FROM: SID Human Resources Service Center...
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What We're Hearing from Customers

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-08
Customer account managers record their knowledge about each customer in a customer relationship management database, which will be made available to everyone on NSAnet in the future. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) What We're Hearing from Customers FROM: Customer Engagement Program Manager (S11) Run Dat...
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All-Source Victory on the High Seas!!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-04
The U.S. Navy worked with the NSA to find a handset traveling with a shipment of narcotics in the Arabian Sea. The French navy boarded the vessel, seizing 3.5 tons of hashish. But the handset was no longer on board; it was subsequently located on the vessel from which the drugs had been transferred, and the crew of that vessel was also taken into custody.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) All-Source Victory on the High Seas!! FROM: SIGINT Communications and LCDR Victor Spears ...
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The Real Scoop on USSID SP0018 Briefings

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-03
The Signals Intelligence Directorate has trained over 5,000 staff in a minimization policy known as SP0018, which must be understood in order to look at raw signals intelligence. The directorate offers eight to 10 trainings each month, as well as shortened web versions of the training that are available in an emergency.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) The Real Scoop on USSID SP0018 Briefings FROM: SID Oversight and Compliance (SV) R...
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Hoping to SCOR Big

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-03
The SIGINT Site Commanders Operational Review, an annual conference, will meet to plan for optimizing the global signals intelligence system as part of an ongoing governance effort. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Hoping to SCOR Big FROM: SIGINT Communications (S02C) and the SIGINT Operations Staff (S0...
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SIGINT: Don't Leave Washington Without It

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-02
This article lists interactions that the U.S.’s new ambassador to the European Union, Boyden Gray, has had with the NSA, how productive the meetings were, how impressed he was, and the praise he gave.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SIGINT: Don't Leave Washington Without It FROM: SIGINT Communications and Penny Horgan, N...
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Track SID's Progress Towards Its CFC Goal

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-01
The SIDtoday homepage lists the Signals Intelligence Directorate’s progress toward its $750,000 goal for giving in a federal charitable campaign.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Track SID's Progress Towards Its CFC Goal FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 1...
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SIGINT Monitors Global Spread of Avian Flu

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2005-10-28
NSA closely monitored the 2004 spread of avian influenza in preparation for a possible pandemic. "As our IC colleagues have said, containing the threat of infectious disease comes down to 'detection, detection, detection. SIGINT is probably going to get it first,'" the author writes.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//SI) SIGINT Monitors Global Spread of Avian Flu<br>FROM:<br>Assistant SINIO for ...
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The New Breed of SIGINT Reporting

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-25
First Instance Reporting is a new type of reporting that allows “forward-deployed” signals intelligence personnel “to push information out much earlier in the production cycle.” So far, there have been 3,300 such reports, including information about the inspection of uranium processing activities in Iran, Russian government knowledge of a terrorist plot, and others.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) The New Breed of SIGINT Reporting FROM: D/Chief, Field Operations Office, Special Collec...
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Write Right: Give the 'Key Points' Style a Try

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-10-25
Using bullets to make your key points, rather than just paragraphs, can make your report more readable and easier to understand.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Write Right: Give the 'Key Points' Style a Try FROM: of the Reporting Board (S12A)...
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2004 Gold Nugget Award Winner Named

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-12
An agency expert on GSM technology exploitation won the Gold Nugget Award for achievement in the field of traffic analysis. The analyst was the first to identify and read GSM text messages via Signaling System No. 7. Previously, he exploited prepaid calling cards and helped begin to extract “cellular prepaid validation metadata.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) 2004 Gold Nugget Award Winner Named FROM: Asst. Director, Intelligence Analysis Ski...
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IG Office Studies R&D; Laboratories' Access to SIGINT

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-07
The NSA’s inspector general will be studying access to signals intelligence by military and civilian research and development laboratories. Signals Intelligence Directorate staff may be interviewed. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) IG Office Studies R&D Laboratories' Access to SIGINT FROM: Assistant Inspector Gene...
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What SIGINT Revealed About the Egyptian Election

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-05
The NSA’s Egypt team detected “the clear intention of security authorities to tamper with the results” of a referendum on how to conduct the Egyptian presidential election, including instructions on what the results would be before the referendum took place. But when the actual election came, signals intelligence showed “good evidence” of “no massive fraud” in the election result. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) What SIGINT Revealed About the Egyptian Election FROM: Senior Reporter/Subject-Matter...
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SID Helping the Nation in Another Way: Through the CFC

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-04
Signals Intelligence Director Richard Quirk kicks off the annual Combined Federal Campaign by comparing the directorate’s previous giving to more generous NSA organizations. In 2005, there is great need due to Hurricane Katrina and SID’s goal is $750,000.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SID Helping the Nation in Another Way: Through the CFC FROM: MG Richard Quirk, USA Signal...
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Mission Discernment - What's Tops on Our List?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-16
The NSA currently has 21 strategic priorities, determined in collaboration with the executive branch, the Department of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence. This list is known as the U.S. SIGINT System Strategic Mission List.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Mission Discernment - What's Tops on Our List? FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown ...
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Letter to the Editor: About Skype...

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-13
A letter in response to a previous article about Skype points out that Special Collection Service sites may have access to Skype traffic, and that Skype also introduces a problem with USSID-18 compliance, or U.S. persons minimization procedures. “Anyone with any brains” will register their VOIP account with a U.S. phone number, even though they can use it anywhere in the world.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI) Letter to the Editor : About Skype... FROM: the editor Unknown Run Date: 12/13/2005 ...
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Charlie Meals: Thoughts as Retirement Approaches

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-09
Deputy Signals Intelligence Director Charlie Meals is retiring after a 40-year career. He rates SIGINT as now without rival among the intelligence disciplines. But there's room for improvement in analytics tools, IT infrastructure, and staff training.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Charlie Meals: Thoughts as Retirement Approaches FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run ...
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Coming Soon to Mailboxes: New Government Travel Charge Cards

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-08
Bank of America will issue new credit cards to NSA employees to be used for work travel. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Coming Soon to Mailboxes: New Government Travel Charge Cards FROM: SID Travel Office (S02...

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