Anonymous leaks more NSA-related docs as Obama defends PRISM

Anonymous leaks more NSA-related docs as Obama defends PRISM

Summary: UPDATED: Anonymous says that it leaked a bunch of government documents, but that might not exactly be the case.


Following the news on Thursday that both the FBI and the National Security Agency have been secretly mining data from nine Silicon Valley giants for years, there has been an incredibly heated debate both for and against the classified program dubbed "PRISM."

To add more fuel to the fire, there are now even more classified documents being leaked to the masses, courtesy of the global hacktivist community, Anonymous.

As of Friday morning, the group has published 13 documents and presentations from various U.S. government agencies. Topics of said documents range from NetOps strategies at the U.S. Department of Defense to a timeline of data removal requests.

Anonymous also published a memo, address to "Citizens of the World," as a preface to the leaked documents.

Here's a snippet:

Anonymous has obtained some documents that "they" do not want you to see, and much to "their" chagrin, we have found them, and are giving them to you. These documents prove that the NSA is spying on you, and not just Americans. They are spying on the citizens of over 35 different countries. These documents contain information on the companies involved in GiG, and Prism.

On the other side of the coin, President Obama (following suit from other government officials) has spoken out in defense of the program, asking the American people to trust that the data is being used for national security purposes.

UPDATE: Turns out that some of the documents Anonymous included in its round-up of NSA-related files this morning might have already been available to the public for some time now.

For example, a PDF from the U.S. Department of Defense about the NetOps Strategic Vision has actually been online since September 15, 2012, based on data from the Internet Archive WayBack Machine.

Topics: Government US, Big Data, Legal, Privacy, Security

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  • I'm actually less trusting...

    ...of Anonymous than I am of the U.S. government. I do seem to have this strong aversion to privatized policing.
    John L. Ries
  • I don't trust the gov or Anonymous

    I put all of my trust in ZDNet (and Rachel King)!
    Burger Meister
  • NSA

    It's refreshing to see only six comments on this technology site, unlike the thousands of comments out there by people that have absolutely no clue what a network even does. It's an obvious political/press shot at the Obama administration plus getting people to click the news sites. However, it must be said that we don't know what the Feds are doing to help us -- but we do know that there hasn't been a 9/11 since, well 9/11. The Boston Marathon was nearly a homegrown thing by amateurs - we should be very thankful that Uncle Sam has our back.
    • Have you ever thought why?

      One of the only reasons that the terrorists havent attacked goes deeper than most people can even dream. Why do you think they "dumped" Osama Bin Ladens body in the ocean? What i think is that either osama or obama were never a real person. they have done face scans of both of them and it is an almost 100% match! Even the scar that is on the back of Obama's head. i think that they are the same people and they finally got into our government. they are almost to the point where they are ready to try and take complete control. They have gotten brave enough to attack our second amendment! Only a leader that didnt want people that could fight back would do that.
      Chregan Cody
  • Info

    I wish NSA would make good use of the information they gather.
  • all files are available publicly

    all documents are available publicly, all besides one on gov sites. full list of sources is e.g. here
  • A matter of national security

    I don´t mind being searched at airports... I don´t mind being spied upon if there is a doubt about anyone´s involvement in terrorist activities. The alternative is much worse. I do mind having people fly airplanes into building and trying to blow up train, buses and shopping centers. Everything changed after 911. There are people out there who think kids are legitimate military targets, and I rather have my government know about it before it happens, than to have it happen. I wish it was a perfectly happy world, but it is not.