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Leaked NSA document outlines its goals for greater power

Documents show that the security agency has a program that tracks data around the Internet and has helped it gain access to data centers in Taiwan

By James Risen and Laura Poitras  /  NY Times News Service, WASHINGTON

Despite the document’s reference to “unwitting data centers,” government officials said that the agency does not hack into those centers. Instead, the officials said, the intelligence community secretly uses front companies to lease space on the servers.

Despite the NSA’s broad surveillance powers, the strategy paper shows that NSA officials still worry about the agency’s ability to fend off bureaucratic inertia while keeping pace with change.

“To sustain current mission relevance,” the document said, Signals Intelligence Directorate, the NSA’s signals intelligence arm, “must undertake a profound and revolutionary shift from the mission approach which has served us so well in the decades preceding the onset of the information age.”

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