Snowden Archive

Whistleblower Edward Snowden provided founders of The Intercept with documents from the National Security Agency and its counterparts around the world. Here are the stories we were able to publish as a result.

Meltdown Showed Extent of NSA Surveillance — and Other Tales From Hundreds of Intelligence Documents

Internal NSA reports reveal the exploits of a secret commando unit, new details of a joint venture with the CIA, and spying against Middle Eastern satellite internet.

Mission Creep: How the NSA’s Game-Changing Targeting System Built for Iraq and Afghanistan Ended Up on the Mexico Border

The revolutionary NSA system merged different sources of electronic surveillance to rapidly map enemy fighters. The ramifications are still being felt.

Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, So U.S. Made New Rules

Israeli military officials privately pressed for an exemption to intelligence restrictions during a 2006 war with Hezbollah.

Sinking of Russian Nuclear Submarine Known to West Much Earlier Than Stated, NSA Document Indicates

The report about Kursk also stated that the Russian navy did not try to contact the submarine for five hours after explosions that sank it.

Everybody Does It: The Messy Truth About Infiltrating Computer Supply Chains

The danger of China compromising hardware supply chains is very real, judging from classified intelligence documents, even if a Bloomberg story on the matter is highly disputed.