In what is probably the least surprising news coming out of the whole NSA spying program, the Wall Street Journal (NASDAQ:NWSA) reports that workers have spied on people they are either sexually involved with, or those who they want to be sexually involved with.
The government calls it ”LOVEINT” (love intelligence) and the agency in a statement on Friday admitted to “very rare” known instances in which agents spied illegally on sex targets.
The LOVEINT violations involved overseas communications, officials said, such as spying on a partner or spouse. In each instance, the employee was punished either with an administrative action or termination.
[Senate intelligence committee chairperson Sen. Dianne Feinstein] said “in most instances” the violations didn’t involve an American’s personal information. She added that she’s seen no evidence that any of the violations involved the use of NSA’s domestic surveillance infrastructure, which is governed by a law known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The agency said only a few in past decade have occurred — but would not specify a number. And again, that is known instances.