Se­cret in­tel­li­gence bud­get cited 4,000 NSA leaks: Re­port

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

US se­cret in­tel­li­gence bud­get files pro­vided by National Se­cu­rity Agency (NSA) whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den show that NSA had warned in 2012 that it planned to in­ves­ti­gate up to 4,000 re­ports of pos­si­ble in­ter­nal se­cu­rity breaches.

NSA’s con­cerns about in­sider threats were aimed at “anoma­lous be­hav­ior” of agency em­ploy­ees with ac­cess to top se­cret data. The ac­count cited NSA con­cerns about “trusted in­sid­ers who seek to ex­ploit their au­tho­rised ac­cess to sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion to harm US in­ter­ests.”

The NSA con­cerns were out­lined in top se­cret doc­u­ments pro­vided to the Se­nate and House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees in Fe­bru­ary 2012, well be­fore Snow­den emerged this sum­mer as the sole source of mas­sive new dis­clo­sures about the agency’s sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions.

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