In what is either belly laugh-level hilarity, or a serious wakeup call for the American taxpayer, Reuters reports on the recent "Fuck the EU" leaks of phone calls. (h/t to zerohedge.) It turns out the recordings may have been (gasp) lifted off the airwaves:
Some U.S. officials blamed Moscow for leaking the call, noting that the recording, posted anonymously, was first highlighted in a tweet from a Russian official.
In Washington, U.S. officials said Nuland and Pyatt apparently used unencrypted cellphones, which are easy to monitor. The officials said smart phones issued to State Department officials had data encryption *but not voice encryption*.
Wtf? Where the hell are you, oh, NSA's security division aka Central Security Service?
The Information Assurance mission confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information.
How is it that officials of the State Department have zero, zip, nada, nuttin security while blathering on about international negotiations involving an entire strategic country, a major pipeline, and the number one PR circle-jerk for the nation-states?
I had thought that all these things were in the killing zone for the NSA. Ukraine, energy, the Olympic Games, check check check!
They have dropped the baby in many ways. They recently downgraded their irrational fear of terrorism, by prioritising the insider threat as a 'national security threat'. Without apparently understanding the bleeding obvious, that insiders such as Snowden and Manning are a threat to them, not to the people who pay their salaries:
“[Snowden and the insider threat] certainly puts us at risk of missing something that we are trying to see, which could lead to [an attack],” said Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Spoken without any cynicism or humility!
If they got back to work, and crafted their mission to deliver return on investment to the taxpayer, instead of stealing from other countries' taxpayers, they wouldn't have time to worry about schoolboy plots like terrorism and rogue sysadms.
Message to the American taxpayer: demand your money back. Buy a blackphone instead.