Snowden Archive——The SIDtoday Files

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About SIDtoday

The SIDtoday Files is an Intercept project featuring newsletters from SIDtoday, an internal publication of the National Security Agency. The newsletters offer a window into the NSA’s culture and operations. They originated from within the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, the NSA’s core spying division, and were provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Intercept released these files in large batches, starting with newsletters from the period after SIDtoday’s inception in March 2003 and ending with 2006. The newsletters were published by The Intercept after a process of evaluation, legal review, research, reporting, and redaction, described in this overview. They were accompanied by related Intercept news articles when appropriate.

While we focused on the parts of these documents that we found most compelling, we anticipated that readers would discover other information of interest in the files we shared. If you notice something you’d like to bring to our attention, please reach out as described below.


Please contact Micah Lee or Margot Williams using their email addresses and, optionally, their PGP keys. To contact The Intercept anonymously, please follow these instructions.


The SIDtoday Files was produced by a core team at First Look Institute, led by The Intercept’s Technology Analyst Micah Lee and Research Editor for Investigations Margot Williams.

Project contributors include Associate Research Editor John Thomason, Copy Editor Rashmee Kumar, Story Editor Andrea Jones, Archivist Talya Cooper, Software Engineers Raby Yuson, and Stephanie Harris, Senior Software Engineers Akil Harris and Carl Licata, Product Designer Fei Liu and Product Manager LJ Ruell.

Project oversight was provided by The Intercept’s Technology Editor Ryan Tate, Investigate Reporter and Editor Ryan Gallagher, Research Director Lynn Dombek, General Counsel David Bralow and Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed.