SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.
The latest release from SIDtoday covers the second half of 2004, highlighting the NSA’s struggles with searching Arabic-language PDFs, cooperation with other U.S. government agencies, and its work in Pakistan. The Intercept with this latest release is also publishing a detailed history of the NSA’s secret relationship with Japan, and two articles that highlight the agency’s domestic work, including the use of a blimp to spy in the United States, and its work at political conventions.