USA spying on its own spies to catch leaks

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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One of the programs revealed by the “second Snowden” is the Terrorist Identities Data-Mart Environment (TIDE) program, which lists names of potential terrorists.

The USA’s spy agencies are starting to spring too many leaks, as insiders and ex-employees inform the public about invasive cyber snooping practices. Now, organizations like the National Security Agency (NSA) are having to spy on their own spies!

Last year, ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden fled the USA to hide in Russia, after revealing that the government tracks citizen phone records, online interactions, and even webcam usage.

Snowden wasn’t the first to reveal massive amounts of behind-the-scenes spycraft, either, since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hacked and unveiled classified American military information in 2010. Assange, who has been hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London for 2 years, encourages men like Snowden to report top secret info on governments.

Now, a “second Snowden” is releasing info from the National Counterterrorism Center, and the American intelligence community is working fast to implement software that will monitor computer activity in the 70 government agencies with access to classified knowledge. Officials say they are still almost a year away from being able to effectively install this new technology and the delay is what allowed the “second Snowden” to leak more state secrets.

Images courtesy of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.