Today’s full NSA statement is here with our annotations:
Recent media reports that allege NSA has infected millions of computers around the world with malware, and that NSA is impersonating U.S. social media or other websites, are inaccurate.
Strong stuff. But the more cynical among us will note that “has infected” and “is impersonating” use an interesting choice of grammatical tense; there’s no unequivocal denial here that the agency infiltrated machines and performed man-in-the-middle attacks in the past – just like when US President Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that America “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her private phone calls, conveniently avoiding admitting that it may have done so for years. Also, the agency specifically refers to “millions of computers” as opposed to any other number, say, hundreds of thousands.