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Catalog of the Snowden Revelations

This page catalogs various revelations by Edward Snowden, regarding the United States’ surveillance activities.

Each disclosure is assigned to one of the following categories: tools and methods, overseas USG locations from which operations are undertaken, foreign officials and systems that NSA has targeted, encryption that NSA has broken, ISPs or platforms that NSA has penetrated or attempted to penetrate, and identities of cooperating companies and governments.  Each entry includes the date the information was first published.

The page will be updated from time to time and is intended as a resource regarding Snowden and the debate over U.S. surveillance.  Comments and suggestions thus are welcomed, and should be sent to staff.lawfare@gmail.com.

In addition to this page, Lawfare has cataloged and summarized the FISA documents the government has declassified in response to the Snowden controversy in the Wiki Document Library.

1. Tools and methods

2. Overseas USG locations from which operations are undertaken

3. Foreign officials and systems that NSA has targeted

4. Encryption that NSA has broken

  • December 13, 2013: NSA has broken the A5/1 encryption used by many GSM cell phones.

5. Identity of ISPs and platforms that NSA has penetrated or attempted to penetrate

6. Identities of cooperating companies and governments