While not as yet verified by Twitter, it appears the National Security Agency — the United States Spy agency recently revealed to be at the heart of an international electronic Monitoring program by whistleblower contractor Edward Snowden — has activated an official Twitter account at @NSA_PAO.
Called out by @DellCam of the @DailyDot, the account started tweeting on Monday by referencing a notably friendly @60Minutes feature on the NSA after Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered a halt to data collection on several American Plaintiffs lead by Conservative Legal activist Larry Klayman.
On Tuesday, @NSA_PAO left the gates on the PR trot in apparent response to a closed Presidential meeting with Senior Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook executives (amongst others) by offering two more tweets linking to podcasts about the legal mechanisms under which the NSA claims to operate on the Brookings Institute-backed LawFare Blog.
While not as yet verified by Twitter, the NSA Press Office account’s follow list is a literal who’s who of American security establishment agencies and personalities ranging from @AmbassadorRice (Susan Rice, white house Security Advisor) to General @Martin_Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) to @ODNIgov, the social media voice of United States Security Tzar James Clapper, to the@DODASSMC, the official @DeptofDefense All Services Social Media Council and Social Media Manager for US Army accounts.
@ODNIgov also re-tweeted the account on Wednesday morning.
Notably @NSA_PAO follows both @VP (Vice-President Biden) and @chinfo (RDML John Kirby, U.S. Navy’s Chief of Information). But the account does not follow @BarackObama, and instead following his Press Secretary Jay Carney (@PressSec) and the White House itself (@WhiteHouse).
Now while this may still be the best bait account in the history of Twitter, it’s follower list, which includes@NSACareers (NSA Human Resources), @DPCLO_Official (Defence Privacy & Civil Liberties Office),@DoD_IG (the Dept of Defence Inspector General) and James Clapper’s office (@ODNIgov) strongly indicates it is both official and sanctioned by the espionage organization.
However, as thier list includes another veritable who who’s of Washington beltway Media insiders including Faisal Sidiq (ABC News – @ALQADIREE), @MajorCBS (Major Garrett CBS Whitehouse),@EvanMcSan (Buzzfeed) @JimAcostaCNN (CNN Senior White House Correspondent) and @ZekeJMiller(Time Magazine), as well as many notable #Anon activist accounts including @CassandraRules,@annontrinity, @CrappyAirBags, @thejediknight1 and @happyiggy, it is expected, for better or worse, that @NSA_PAO will not linger long in the Twitter basement.
Now, while I myself do not often write or tweet about the #NSA, when I do, knowing that virtually every tweet is most certainly logged as geolocated #MetaData somewhere, I do what I can to support small town Canadian tourism by adding #GeoData tags like #Dildo or, say, #UraniumCity.
Merry Christmas everyone!