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NSA Comes Up Short For Journalist's Freedom of Information Request to Search Employee Emails

  • Gawker, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:11 PM

While the NSA has proven itself to be quite technologically advanced in its ability to search through large volumes of emails for  surveillance, the organization claims that it is difficult to search its own employee email exchanges. Last week, reporter Justin Elliott filed a freedom of information request to the NSA asking for emails between NSA employees and employees of the National Geographic Channel over a specified period of time. Since the TV station had done a puff piece on the organization, Elliott was curious about the NSA's PR efforts. Unfortunately, his request didn't get him the emails that he wanted. Instead the NSA told him that their system is antiquated writing, "There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately." 

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