The White House may soon have more than Angela Merkel to answer to. Edward Snowden's latest reveal has hit the pages of the Guardian, which alleges that the NSA monitored the calls of 35 unnamed global leaders. Also unnamed in the 2006 document: The US official who provided some 200 numbers to the NSA; those of the 35 leaders were among them. The detail is provided as a sort of case study. The memo reads:
- "In one recent case, a US official provided NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders … Despite the fact that the majority is probably available via open source, the PCs [intelligence production centers] have noted 43 previously unknown phone numbers. These numbers plus several others have been tasked. These numbers have provided lead information to other numbers that have subsequently been tasked."
The memo was titled "Customers Can Help SID Obtain Targetable Phone Numbers," and the Guardian
translates that: Basically, the NSA wanted officials who worked for its "customers" (think the White House and State Department) to pony up their
"Rolodexes." Notable line: The memo states that "little reportable intelligence" was obtained from the numbers. The White House had no direct comment. (Read more NSA