New Snowden Leak: NSA Hacked Al Jazeera
Accessed and read broadcaster's internal communications system
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
Employees of the Arab news station Al-Jazeera.   (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

(Newser) – The latest Snowden document release reveals that the NSA spied on Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera, hacking into its internal communications system, reports Der Spiegel. A document from 2006 says the NSA's Network Analysis Center accessed and read communication by "interesting targets" at the Qatar-based news network, then forwarded it on to other NSA departments for more analysis. The document claims those targeted had "high potential as sources of intelligence," and labels the operation as a "notable success."

The document does not reveal how widespread the surveillance of Al Jazeera journalists and staff was, nor how long it continued. But, notes Der Spiegel, it does give us an even broader picture of just how far the NSA's international surveillance program reaches. Other Snowden leaks today revealed new details of the government's growing cyberwar program.

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Econ_101
Sep 2, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
I believe only what I read in Pravda ! Saludos
KDickley
Sep 1, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
So we should trust NSA or Al Gore's muslim Aljizzera? Aljizzera could orchestrate an attack on the U.S. with terrorist cells here. The NSA could orchestrate attacks on citizens who belong to the Tea Party.
1freeusa
Aug 31, 2013 9:39 PM CDT
Go to Al-Jazeera Often to get a more diverse world opinion. I find their articles to be factual, non bias, and a lot more complete than Newser. I hope NSA learned something.