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Saturday, August 18, 2018

The NSA’s Curmudgeon

Tracking Down the NSA's Curmudgeon 

Intercept journalist Peter Maass was knee-deep in the culture of government surveillance in 2015, having written about a National Security Agency advice columnist called "Zelda," and as well as a self-styled NSA philosopher nicknamed "Socrates."

Maass began contacting Rahe Clancy, who had dubbed himself the "SIGINT Curmudgeon" in a series of articles Clancy wrote for SIDtoday — an internal newsletter for the NSA — in which Clancy complained about the NSA becoming too corporate. But he wouldn't talk to Maass at the time.

Something changed this year, and Clancy began answering questions over email about his NSA work. Maass wrote about these discussions as part of The Intercept's release this week of 328 SIDtoday articles, including the bulk of Clancy's contributions, alongside stories on NSA spying related to climate change, the agency's hacking of virtual private networks and major intelligence findings in Iraq, and more.

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