Two hundred sixty-three internal National Security Agency documents were made public on Wednesday with the publication of articles from the agency’s Signals Intelligence Directorate newsletter leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The documents published by The Intercept are from the second half of 2003 and pertain to “internet monitoring, medical intelligence, the NSA’s struggle to monitor al Qaeda radios, and more about the agency’s role in the Iraq War” according to the news outlet.
One document says the U.S. Secret Service gave the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate access to the Financial Crimes Division online database. The document says that NSA managers were given procedures and log-in information “with particular interest to Mastercard and Visa information.” Another document discusses filling in an “intelligence gap” in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the region “is the suspected region of Usama Bin Laden and his associates, but we think that we are missing some of their communications.”
This is the second batch of leaked Signals Intelligence Directorate articles published by The Intercept. The first batch, of 166 articles, was published on May 16.