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Al Jazeera news service was spied upon by NSA

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 2nd, 2013
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According to documents seen by SPIEGEL, longtime Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera has been spied upon by the National Security Agency. The U.S. intelligence agency reportedly was able to hack into protected communication - and was considered a "success."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This news comes as little surprise, as Al Jazeera, based in the Arab republic of Qatar, has long been broadcasting audio and video messages from al-Qaeda leaders for over 10 years.

It appears that the NSA was so particularly interested in Al Jazeera that it hacked into the channel's internal communications system.

According to documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, dated March 23, 2006, reveals the agency's Network Analysis Center managed to access and read communication by \"interesting targets\" that was specially protected by the news organization.

The latest revelations show that the NSA officials were not satisfied with Al Jazeera\'s language analysis.

According to the document, in addition to cracking the airline reservation services for Russian airline Aeroflot, accessing \"Al Jazeera broadcasting internal communication\" was listed as a \"notable success." The NSA said these selected targets had \"high potential as sources of intelligence.\"

The document then says that the encrypted information was forwarded to the responsible NSA departments for further analysis. The document didn't reveal to what extent the intelligence agency spied on journalists or managers of the media company, or whether the surveillance is ongoing.

Previous documents seen by SPIEGEL have not specified that the media were spied on by the NSA. As more information comes to light, the massive scope of the organization\'s international surveillance of telephone and Internet communication continues to grow.

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