The SIDtoday Files is where The Intercept will be releasing articles from SIDtoday, an internal publication of the National Security Agency. The articles are written in accessible, non-technical language and offer a window into the NSA’s culture and operations. They originate from within the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, the NSA’s core spying division, and were provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

We’ll be releasing these files in large batches, starting with articles from the period after SIDtoday’s inception in March 2003. The articles will be subjected to editorial evaluation, legal review, research, reporting, and redaction, described in this overview. They will be accompanied by related Intercept news articles when appropriate.

While we have focused on the parts of these documents we find most compelling, we anticipate readers will find other information of interest in the files we are sharing. If you see something interesting you’d like to share with us, please reach out as described below.

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The SIDtoday Files was produced by a core team at First Look Media Works, 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.

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