I’m currently working on what I believe are several significant new NSA stories, to be published imminently here, as well as one very consequential story about NSA spying in Brazil that will first be broadcast Sunday night on the Brazilian television program Fantastico (because the report has worldwide implications, far beyond Brazil, it will be translated into English and then quickly published on the internet).
As for the new report coming Sunday night in Brazil, please take note of this adamant statement last week from the NSA, as reported by the Washington Post [asterisks in original]:
“US intelligence services are making routine use around the world of government-built malware that differs little in function from the ‘advanced persistent threats’ that US officials attribute to China. The principal difference, US officials told The Post, is that China steals US corporate secrets for financial gain.
“‘The Department of Defense does engage’ in computer network exploitation, according to an e-mailed statement from an NSA spokesman, whose agency is part of the Defense Department. ‘The department does ***not*** engage in economic espionage in any domain, including cyber.’”
One big problem the NSA and US government generally have had since our reporting began is that their defenses offered in response to each individual story are quickly proven to be false by the next story, which just further undermines their credibility around the world. That NSA denial I just excerpted above has already been disproven by several reports (see, for instance, the letter published in this article, or the last document published here), but after Sunday, I think it will prove to be perhaps the NSA’s most misleading statement yet.
“No honey, I’m not cheating on you.”
“OK, well… it was just that one time.”
“OK, it was a lot of times, but just with that one woman.”
“OK, it was a lot of women, but the important thing is, I STILL LOVE YOU.”