Let’s file this under: Not a shocker, would be a shocker if they didn’t.
Among the vulnerabilities listed by the NSA that can be exploited are ‘viewing sexually explicit material online’ and ‘using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls’.
The NSA document, dated October 3, 2012, repeatedly refers to the power of charges of hypocrisy to undermine such a messenger, the The Huffington Post reported.
The document says: ‘A previous SIGINT [signals intelligence, the interception of communications] assessment report on radicalization indicated that radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent.’
Let’s review… you spy on people to find out information on them to gain an advantage. Does the person run a regular routine? He can be neutralized easier due to predictability. Does the person have an affection for certain foods? It’s a way to distract or draw him in. Does the person have a clean outside and a somewhat peculiar inside? Yea, that could be used to discredit the person at a vulnerable time.
The article notes that all of the people referenced in the document are believed to be outside the US. Which is the charter of the NSA. So I don’t get why this one is news.
I was recently asked about someone doing a deep background check on me. I said that any organization is free to rattle any of the skeletons in my closet. I can’t say I’m perfect, far from. But I do know that my actions have consequences. I don’t expect that the NSA or the FBI is checking into what I do, either.
We’ll unfortunately see what other “bombshell” revelations come out. This information represents a huge loss to our espionage abilities. I hope the results don’t prove fatal, though I fear in some cases they already have.