NSA agents may have infiltrated the global communications industry

Leaked Snowden documents published by Laura Poitras and Peter Maass in The Intercept describe the NSA’s SENTRY EAGLE program describe six programs aimed at weakening the capacity of people all over the world to communicate in private.

Part of the SENTRY EAGLE effort involves infiltrating “commercial entities” with undercover agents — though it’s not clear whether these are US or foreign companies. If the NSA has put secret operatives into foreign companies — for example, cloud companies in the EU — this could change the calculus of non-US businesses that have moved their data-centers and operations away from American-based firms whom they fear to be secretly in cahoots with the NSA, a fear that was magnified by the revelation that RSA had secretly taken $10M from the NSA to fatally weaken its products.

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