The NSA knew about cellphone surveillance around the White House 6 years ago

Here's what they did about it

The White House.

As I was stealthily gathering government secrets for the 2013 book I wrote about national security, a source of unimpeachable reliability tipped me off to a big one. The source told me that, in the course of a National Security Agency "information assurance" exercise, the agency discovered cellphone site emulators and even infrastructure around the White House and in downtown Washington, D.C., that did not belong to any companies actually licensed to install them.

The source told me they were "ghost-grabbers." At least one foreign intelligence agency managed to figure out a way to spy on cellphone calls originating from the area around the White House. Although White House security briefings routinely included warnings about foreign intelligence monitoring of personal and unencrypted cellphones, this was the first time that such an operation had been confirmed to exist in the heart of Washington, D.C.

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