Katherine Mangu-Ward: Spies In Love


Holding hands
Elizabeth Ann Colette

After a report in August revealed more than 3,000 violations of privacy rules by employees of the National Security Agency (NSA) in a one-year period, NSA Chief Compliance Officer John DeLong hurried to reassure reporters that only "a couple of" those infractions were willful. Pressed to clarify about what happened in those cases, writes Katherine Mangu-Ward, the NSA admitted that it knew about several instances where employees were using the agency's incredible spying power to check in on the communications of overseas love interests.