Report: NSA targeted German privacy activist

Report: NSA targeted German privacy activist

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Fort Meade, UNITED STATES: (FILES): Thyis 25 January 2006 file photo shows the logo of the National Security Agency (NSA) at the Threat Operations Center inside the NSA in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, where US President George W. Bush delivered a speech behind closed doors and met with employees in advance of Senate hearings on the much-criticized domestic surveillance. The US National Security Agency has assembled the world's largest database of telephone records tracking the phone calls of tens of millions of AT and T, Verizon and BellSouth customers, sources familiar with the program told USA Today. In an article published 11 May 2006, the daily said the NSA launched the secret program in 2001, shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks, to analyze calling patterns in a bid to detect terrorist activity. AFP PHOTO/FILES/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:04 PM

BERLIN (AP) - German media say the U.S. National Security Agency monitored the computer of a Germany-based online privacy activist.
   
The report Thursday by public broadcasters WDR and NDR came as German lawmakers began hearing expert testimony in their inquiry into the activities of foreign intelligence agencies in Germany.
   
The report claims the computer code for a plug-in to the NSA's XKeyscore data analysis software includes the Internet address for a server run by German student Sebastian Hahn. He is one of a handful of people worldwide who provide a list of so-called Tor servers that allow people to hide their online browsing activity.
   
Former U.S. intelligence official William Binney, who worked for the NSA until 2001, told German lawmakers Thursday the report was plausible.

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