NSA, CIA collaborate on drone strikes
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#1 Oct 17, 2013
NSA, CIA collaborate on drone strikes, report says
October 17, 2013 | 3:00AM ET
CIA-operated drone campaign relies heavily on NSA's ability to vacuum up enormous quantities of email and phone data
The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA on drone strikes against targets outside the U.S. alleged to be terrorists, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.
The documents make clear that the CIA-operated drone campaign relies heavily on the NSA's ability to vacuum up enormous quantities of e-mail, phone calls and other fragments of signals intelligence, or SIGINT, the newspaper said.
In one instance, an email sent by the wife of an Osama bin Laden associate contained clues as to her husband's whereabouts and led to a CIA drone strike that killed him in Pakistan in October 2012, the Post reported in its online edition Wednesday night.
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