Closed captioning of: NSA admits employees spied on partners, family
national security agency
is facing scrutiny over the practices of his employees.
the nsa for the first time admits some employees have spied on their girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives listening to
and checking e-mails without any valid
purpose. it's called loveint, collecting intelligence on love interests and a new letter documents a dozen cases since
what's clear about the instances of abuse is these have nothing to do with terrorism. this is about individuals prying into the private lives of the people closest to them.
in one case an nsa employee improperly snooped for five years on the
of 9 female foreign nationals. another nsa employee admitted it was her practice to eavesdrop on
she obtained in social settings. a male employee eavesdropped on his foreign girlfriend's
thinking she was involved with people that might get him in trouble and a female employee listened in on her husband's
suspected he had been unfaithful. nsa director
played down the incidents saying they amounted to one per year.
the press claimed evidence of thousands of privacy violations. this is false and misleading.
in almost all of the cases the
employees re-signed before discipline could be imposed and no one was criminally prosecuted.