La nsa fait dans les relations publiques en envoyant une lettre à la “grande famille” pour la rassurer et dire que l’orage passera (ainsi que les purges sans doute).
The National Security Agency sent out a letter to all of its employees and affiliates, including contractors, that could be printed and shared with family, friends and colleagues. It was intended to reassure them that the NSA is not really the abusive and unchecked spying agency engaged in illegal activity that someone reading former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures might think it happens to be.
The letter, sent on September 13, is signed by NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and NSA Deputy Director John Inglis, begins, “We are writing to you, our extended NSA/CSS family, in light of the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by a former contractor employee.”
“However, we are human and, because the environment of law and technology within which we operate is so complex and dynamic, mistakes sometimes do occur.” Thousands of times per year they sometimes occur. Sometimes these “mistakes” involve incidents like adding 16,000 phone numbers improperly to an “alert list.” This is according to official documents like audits of the agency. Yet, the directors write, “Some of those reports have been leaked to the press and have been mischaracterized to portray us as irresponsible and careless; nothing could be further from the truth.”
Pour eux c’est une course contre la montre: essayer d’effacer l’épisode des fuites le plus rapidement possible, et retrouver les brebis galeuses restantes s’il y en a.
Et comme par hasard la nsa ouvre peu après un poste de privacy & civil liberties officer (ou en langage orwellien: un officier d’inspection des vies privées et de contrôle des devoirs civiques):
The National Security Agency has posted a job opening for a privacy and civil liberties officer.
The position was first mentioned last month, when President Obama outlined his plans to bring more transparency to the NSA surveillance programs. A White House press release said the agency was “taking steps to put in place a full time Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer.”
The person in the “completely new role” will “serve as the primary advisor to the Director of NSA for ensuring that privacy is protected and civil liberties are maintained by all of NSA’s missions, programs, policies and technologies,” according to the posting.
“This new position is focused on the future, designed to directly enhance decision making and to ensure that [civil liberties and privacy] protections continue to be baked into NSA’s future operations, technologies, tradecraft, and policies.”