Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, speaks at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s International Cyber Symposium June 27, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Alexander addressed recent developments in the NSA’s surveillance programs during his remarks.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images
The National Security Agency collected Americans’ email records — account information and IP addresses — for over a decade, the Guardian has reported. The collection did not include content of emails. Nicknamed Stellar Wind, the email-tracking program began after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 under President George W. Bush. The Obama Administration inherited the program and cancelled it in 2011.
“The Internet metadata collection program authorized by the FISA court was discontinued in 2011 for operational and resource reasons and has not been restarted,’ Shawn Turner, director of communications for national intelligence, told the Guardian. “The program was discontinued by the executive branch as the result of an interagency review.”
NBC News reported yesterday that retired Marine General and former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright is apparently being investigated for leaking information on the Stuxnet virus, which sabotaged Iran’s nuclear enrichment plants in 2010, to New York Times reporter David Sanger.
Also, the Washington Post is reporting that USIS, the outside firm in charge of conducting background checks for the government and which gave top-secret clearance to PRISM leaker Edward Snowden, hasn’t been as thorough as it claimed it has been. A federal watchdog is going to recommend that the company be fired if it doesn’t shape up.
Kim Zetter, senior reporter at Wired covering cybercrime, privacy, security and civil liberties
Gordon Lubold, national security reporter at Foreign Policy magazine.
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