From here on out, you can refer to the NSA as the "Nudes Surveillance Agency."
Whistleblower Edward Snowden says that young NSA employees routinely pass around nude photos of people they come across while doing their jobs. "You’ve got young enlisted guys, 18 to 22 years old. They’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records," Snowden told The Guardian. Alluding to the reality that many of these employees are young men just a few years out of puberty, Snowden said that when they "stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work," like a photo of a naked woman in "a sexually compromising situation" that was intended for her significant other, the employees "turn around in their chair and they show their coworker."
Is this the price of freedom? "Sooner or later, this person’s whole life has been seen by all these people," he continued. "It’s never reported. Nobody ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak."
Snowden took part in a seven hour interview with The Guardian that is set to go up tomorrow.