The recent leaks published at Glenn Greenwald's new home, The Intercept,
detailed the NSA's spread of malware around the world, with a stated goal of
sabotaging "millions" of computers. As was noted then, the NSA hadn't issued a
comment. The GCHQ, named as a co-conspirator, had already commented,
delivering the usual spiel about legality, oversight and directives -- a word
salad that has pretty much replaced "no comment" in the intelligence world.
The NSA has now issued a formal statement on the leaks, denying everything --
including something that wasn't even alleged. In what has become the new "no
comment" on the NSA side, the words "appropriate," "lawful" and "legitimate"
are trotted out, along with the now de rigueur accusations that everything
printed (including, apparently, its own internal documents) is false.
> _Recent media reports that allege NSA has infected millions of computers
around the world with malware, and that NSA is impersonating U.S. social media
or other websites, are inaccurate. NSA uses its technical capabilities only to
support lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations, all of which
must be carried out in strict accordance with its authorities. Technical
capability must be understood within the legal, ...