In late December, the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel published a story covering the latest slew of revelations about surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency. The report detailed the internal machinery of a branch of the NSA called Tailored Access Operations, which the Spiegel called “the top operative unit.” It was reported by a team of journalists, including American internet activist Jacob Appelbaum, based on classified documents to which the magazine had exclusive access.

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