This Is a Top-Secret Government Slide

From the British, shared with the Americans, leaked by Edward Snowden, and published by NBC.

National Journal
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Brian Resnick
Jan. 27, 2014, 11:12 a.m.

Half a year later, the Snowden files keep com­ing. 

Today, NBC re­ports on a leaked present­a­tion from the Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­nic­a­tions Headquar­ters, the Brit­ish coun­ter­part of the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency, that ex­plains the agency’s cap­ab­il­it­ies to track activ­ity on sites like You­Tube. Giv­en the vast amount of con­tent avail­able on the site, this makes re­ports of U.S. spy­ing on lib­rary re­cords in 2005 seem down­right quaint.

But the slides them­selves are a bit vex­ing. The present­a­tion, titled “Psy­cho­logy: A New Kind of SIG­DEV,” be­gins with an ar­ray of pic­tures il­lus­trat­ing psy­cho­lo­gic­al con­cepts, such as the photo above. An­oth­er in­cludes an im­age of Capt. Sully Sul­len­ber­ger, the pi­lot who safely landed a plane in the Hud­son River. See the rest for your­self.

Gran­ted, the NSA has been charged with mak­ing low-budget slide shows be­fore. But the latest leaked slides in­duce a new level of head-scratch­ing. Here’s a ques­tion for starters: Why is “Psy­cho­logy” spelled wrong?