NSA Hiring 15-Year-Olds
Spy agency's interns tend to stay on
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2013 1:20 AM CST
A sign stands outside the National Security Administration campus on in Fort Meade, Maryland, where interns are offered subsidized housing.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Does Edward Snowden have a little brother? The National Security Agency is starting its spies young with paid internships for people as young as 15, Salon reports. The agency has around young 500 interns on its books, including college students recruited through ads seeking would-be journalists and teens who sign up for the agency's longstanding High School Work Study Program. An NSA spokeswoman says up to 95% of interns who want to stay on with the agency after their internships are able to do so.

So how does reading people's emails—or snooping on games like World of Warcraft—stack up as a job for ambitious young people? "The job was way exciting," says a former employee who interned as a "Cryptological Technician" at the agency. "I had access to a whole universe of fascinating real-time information from around the globe and the agency provides great resources for advancing one's self."

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Dec 10, 2013 10:19 PM CST
Using this Mafia grade trick will allow the NSA to have loyal, fully indoctrinated employees. No normal human is likely to able to stomach their policies and remain loyal.
Dec 10, 2013 7:00 PM CST
We condemn the use of children in war, but encourage it in our own government. Nice going, NSA.
Dec 10, 2013 3:11 PM CST
That is great. Now these junior spooks can be indoctrinated and used for their high school and college years and blend right in with the civilians. There is a lot of terrorism happening in public schools. Maybe these creepy teen stoolies can save us from cheerleaders and bad high school football.