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How Is Human Language Technology Progressing?

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Release Date: 2018-01-19 Document Date: 2011-09-06
This article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday discusses the progress of the agency’s voice recognition efforts, particularly in Spanish and the languages spoken in Afghanistan: see the Intercept article Finding Your Voice, 19 January 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI//REL) How Is Human Language Technology (HLT) Progressing? FROM: (U//FOUO) La...
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Using XKEYSCORE to Enable TAO

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-07-16
This NSA presentation from 16 July 2009 explains how the XKeyScore system supports the agency’s Tailored Access Operations: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
using-xks-to-enable-tao-p1-normal.gif: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA. AUS, CAN. GBR. NZL//20291123 Ait* tuv. Using XKEYSCORE to Enable TAO Booz I AJIen l Hamilton SDS Analyst 16 July ...
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Synergising Network Analysis Tradecraft

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Release Date: 2015-05-21 Document Date: 2012-01-01
This 2012 presentation from the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team (NTAT), a joint Five Eyes surveillance unit, discusses options for installing malware on smartphones in light of the challenge posed by the Arab Spring: see the CBC News article Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware, 21 May 2015.
Synergising Network Analysis Tradecraft Network Tradecraft Advancement Team (NTAT) Overview TOP SECRET//SI Tradecraft? Tradecraft • “The development of methods, techni...
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JFK Assassination Records Classification/Declassification Guide Number: 385-00

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Release Date: 2017-10-25 Document Date: 2000-06-23
This classification guide from 2000 shows that aspects of NSA investigations related to the Kennedy assassination were still classed as top secret, decades later: see the Intercept article NSA Concealed Records on JFK Assassination for Decades, 25 October 2017.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 (U) JFK ASSASSINATION RECORDS CLASSIFICATION/ DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE NUMBER: 385-00 (U) PUBLICATION DATE: 23 JUNE 2000 (U) PRO...
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Tailored Access Operations – Texas Cryptologic Center

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Release Date: 2013-12-29
This NSA presentation describes the staffing and activities of the Tailored Access Operations sectio based in San Antonia Texas. These included operations against Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security (codenamed WHITETAMALE), Cuba, Columbia, Venezuela and unspecified targets in the Middle East: see the Der Spiegel article Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit, 29 December […]
image-584021-galleryV9-yenq.jpg: image-584022-galleryV9-qplk.jpg: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVEY Overview • Current People, Space, & Operations (FY2009) • Medina era Growth (FY20...
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Letter from Thomas Shannon

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2009-01-01
In this short extract from a 2009 letter, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon thanks NSA Director Keith Alexander for the “deep insight into the plans and intentions” of other participants in the Fifth Summit of the Americas that the agency had provided: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 139 The more than 100 reports we received from the NSA gave us deep insight into the plans and intentions of other Summit participants J and ensured that our diplomats were well prepa...
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Using SIGINT to Sniff Out Phony Passports (and Other Persona Identifiers)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-02
The NSA is now exploring ways to use passports and other official identification cards as a form of signals intelligence. Some countries include a checksum with passport serial numbers, and passports from these countries with incorrect checksums are likely fraudulent. Venezuelan passports will be the first analyzed as part of this exploration. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Using SIGINT to Sniff Out Phony Passports (and Other Persona Identifiers) FROM: Counteri...
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Leaders Really Do Make a Difference

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-08-26
Berlin shares an anecdote about sending a battalion to Guantánamo Bay to build a Haitian refugee camp. Instead of sending engineers (the logical choice), they sent an infantry battalion with good leadership, which was ultimately the better choice because it prevented riots.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Leaders Really Do Make a Difference<br>FROM: Charles H. Berlin III<br>SID Chief ...
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EP-3E Collision: Cryptologic Damage Assessment and Incident Review

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Release Date: 2017-04-10 Document Date: 2001-07-01
A joint US Navy and NSA report, prepared three months after a US spy plane was forced to crash land in China, assesses the degree to which surveillance secrets were compromised: see the Intercept article Burn After Reading: Snowden Documents Reveal Scope of Secrets Exposed to China in 2001 Spy Plane Incident, 10 April 2017. […]
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN//X1 EP-3E Collision: Cryptologic Damage Assessment and Incident Review Final Report Prepared by the EP-3 Cryptologic Assessment Team July 2001 Classifie...
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Black Budget – Israel

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Release Date: 2013-08-29 Document Date: 2012-02-01
These three short extracts from the 2013 Intelligence Community Budget Justification (“the Black Budget”) shows that Israel was seen as a counter-intelligence target: see the Intercept article Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents, 25 March 2015.
1Isr-540x258.png: (U> Penetrate Hostile Foreign Intelligence Services (S//NF) The ability to detect and engage foreign intelligence services and non state actors that target U.S. interests is...
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Exhibit F

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Release Date: 2014-06-30 Document Date: 2010-07-16
This document lists the 193 governments, intragovernmental organisations and other entities which the NSA was granted the legal authority to intercept communications “about” for foreign intelligence purposes in August 2010: see the Washington Post article Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, 30 June 2014.
TOP SECRET//NOFORN EXHIBIT F IN THE MATTER OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, FOREIGN FACTIONS Ns?F^yyiG#i 11- ENTITIES, AND FOREIGN-BASED POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS >■,, f;f |:VV DNI/AG 70...
Afghanistan (AFG/AF), Albania (ALB/AL), Algeria (DZA/DZ), Andorra (AND/AD), Angola (AGO/AO), Antigua and Barbuda (ATG/AG), Argentina (ARG/AR), Armenia (ARM/AM), Austria (AUT/AT), Azerbaijan (AZE/AZ), Bahamas (BHS/BS), Bangladesh (BGD/BD), Barbados (BRB/BB), Belarus (BLR/BY), Belgium (BEL/BE), Belize (BLZ/BZ), Benin (BEN/BJ), Bhutan (BTN/BT), Bolivia (BOL/BO), Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH/BA), Botswana (BWA/BW), Brazil (BRA/BR), Bulgaria (BGR/BG), Burkina Faso (BFA/BF), Burundi (BDI/BI), Cambodia (KHM/KH), Cameroon (CMR/CM), Central African Republic (CAF/CF), Chad (TCD/TD), Chile (CHL/CL), China (CHN/CN), Colombia (COL/CO), Comoros (COM/KM), Congo (COD/CD), Costa Rica (CRI/CR), Croatia (HRV/HR), Cuba (CUB/CU), Cyprus (CYP/CY), Czech Republic (CZE/CZ), Denmark (DNK/DK), Djibouti (DJI/DJ), Dominica (DMA/DM), Dominican Republic (DOM/DO), Ecuador (ECU/EC), Egypt (EGY/EG), El Salvador (SLV/SV), Equatorial Guinea (GNQ/GQ), Eritrea (ERI/ER), Estonia (EST/EE), Ethiopia (ETH/ET), Fiji (FJI/FJ), Finland (FIN/FI), France (FRA/FR), Gabon (GAB/GA), Gambia (GMB/GM), Georgia (GEO/GE), Germany (DEU/DE), Ghana (GHA/GH), Greece (GRC/GR), Grenada (GRD/GD), Guatemala (GTM/GT), Guinea (GIN/GN), Guinea-Bissau (GNB/GW), Guyana (GUY/GY), Haiti (HTI/HT), Vatican (VAT/VA), Honduras (HND/HN), Hungary (HUN/HU), Iceland (ISL/IS), India (IND/IN), Indonesia (IDN/ID), Iran (IRN/IR), Iraq (IRQ/IQ), Ireland (IRL/IE), Israel (ISR/IL), Italy (ITA/IT), Jamaica (JAM/JM), Japan (JPN/JP), Jordan (JOR/JO), Kazakhstan (KAZ/KZ), Kenya (KEN/KE), Kiribati (KIR/KI), Korea (KOR/KR), Kuwait (KWT/KW), Kyrgyzstan (KGZ/KG), Latvia (LVA/LV), Lebanon (LBN/LB), Lesotho (LSO/LS), Liberia (LBR/LR), Libya (LBY/LY), Liechtenstein (LIE/LI), Lithuania (LTU/LT), Luxembourg (LUX/LU), Macedonia (MKD/MK), Madagascar (MDG/MG), Malawi (MWI/MW), Malaysia (MYS/MY), Maldives (MDV/MV), Mali (MLI/ML), Malta (MLT/MT), Marshall Islands (MHL/MH), Mauritania (MRT/MR), Mauritius (MUS/MU), Mexico (MEX/MX), Micronesia (FSM/FM), Moldova (MDA/MD), Monaco (MCO/MC), Mongolia (MNG/MN), Montenegro (MNE/ME), Morocco (MAR/MA), Mozambique (MOZ/MZ), Myanmar (MMR/MM), Namibia (NAM/NA), Nauru (NRU/NR), Nepal (NPL/NP), Netherlands (NLD/NL), Nicaragua (NIC/NI), Niger (NER/NE), Nigeria (NGA/NG), Norway (NOR/NO), Oman (OMN/OM), Pakistan (PAK/PK), Palau (PLW/PW), Panama (PAN/PA), Papua New Guinea (PNG/PG), Paraguay (PRY/PY), Peru (PER/PE), Philippines (PHL/PH), Poland (POL/PL), Portugal (PRT/PT), Qatar (QAT/QA), Romania (ROU/RO), Russia (RUS/RU), Rwanda (RWA/RW), Saint Kitts and Nevis (KNA/KN), Saint Lucia (LCA/LC), Samoa (WSM/WS), San Marino (SMR/SM), Sao Tome and Principe (STP/ST), Senegal (SEN/SN), Serbia (SRB/RS), Seychelles (SYC/SC), Sierra Leone (SLE/SL), Singapore (SGP/SG), Slovakia (SVK/SK), Slovenia (SVN/SI), Somalia (SOM/SO), South Africa (ZAF/ZA), Spain (ESP/ES), Sri Lanka (LKA/LK), Sudan (SDN/SD), Suriname (SUR/SR), Swaziland (SWZ/SZ), Sweden (SWE/SE), Switzerland (CHE/CH), Taiwan (TWN/TW), Tajikistan (TJK/TJ), Tanzania (TZA/TZ), Thailand (THA/TH), Timor-Leste (TLS/TL), Togo (TGO/TG), Tonga (TON/TO), Tunisia (TUN/TN), Turkey (TUR/TR), Turkmenistan (TKM/TM), Tuvalu (TUV/TV), Uganda (UGA/UG), Ukraine (UKR/UA), United States (USA/US), Uruguay (URY/UY), Uzbekistan (UZB/UZ), Vanuatu (VUT/VU), Venezuela (VEN/VE), Vietnam (VNM/VN), Western Sahara (ESH/EH), Yemen (YEM/YE), Zambia (ZMB/ZM), Zimbabwe (ZWE/ZW)
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Shotgiant

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Release Date: 2014-03-22 Document Date: 2010-01-01
Selected slides, some with speaking notes, drawn from a 2010 NSA presention, describe the aims of the agency’s operations against Chinese company Huawei: see the New York Times article N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat, 22 March 2014.
(U) Why We Care (TS//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) S2 - many of our targets communicate over Huawei produced products (TS//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) S3 - design, deployment & market expansion imp...
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How is Human Language (HTL) Progressing?

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Release Date: 2015-05-05 Document Date: 2011-09-06
This 6 September 2011 post from the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter describes progress in the agency’s speech-to-text capability over the course of the year: see the Intercept article The Computers are Listening: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text, 5 May 2015.
(S//SI//REL) How Is Human Language Technology (HLT) Progressing? FROM: (U//FOUO)^^^H Language Analysis Modernization Lead (S2) Run Date: 09/06/2011 (S//SI//REL) Editor's intro: At the SI...
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Classification Guide Title/Number: Cuban Missile Crisis, 10-18

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Release Date: 2017-10-25 Document Date: 2008-07-30
This NSA classification guide from 2008 shows that aspects of the agency’s activities during the Cuban Missile Crisis were still regarded as top secret, many decades later: see the Intercept article NSA Concealed Records on JFK Assassination for Decades, 25 October 2017.
SECRET//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL (U) CLASSIFICATION GUIDE TITLE/NUMBER: Cuban Missile Crisis, 10-18 (U) PUBLICATION DATE: 30 July 2008 (U) OFFICE OF ORIGIN: Information Security Pol...
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Internet Anonymity 2011

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Release Date: 2014-12-28
This NSA presentation from 2011 gives an overview of anonymising technologies, including Tor: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
 • NSA (S31323) TOP SECRET//COMINT REL TO USA,FVEY ÊF 1 M r- (U) Many Possible Meanings/lnterpretations (S//REL) Simply Not Using Real Name for Email (S//REL) Private Forum w...
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InSIDer's View of History: In SHAPE, In France

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-03-26
Anecdotes about the author's time in the Army during the Cuban missile crisis, working for NATO, JFK’s assassination, and meeting the late Bobby Kennedy, among other highlights.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) InSIDer's View of History : In SHAPE, In France<br>FROM: CW4<br> USA<br>Technic...
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Can You Handle the Truth? Or, 90 Days in Guantanamo Bay

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-29
Job description for an NSA analyst in Guantánamo Bay, which includes a list of qualifications and instructions for how to apply. “This is your chance to get to GITMO for 90 days!”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(C) Can You Handle the Truth? Or, 90 Days in Guantanamo Bay<br>FROM: AP, Deployment ...

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