National Security Agency agents used their agency's resources to help with their personal love lives often spying on their significant others or their lovers' families, according to a Wall Street Journal blog entry on Friday.
"On several occasions [NSA agents] have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests," said U.S. officials who were quoted by the WSJ blogger Siobhan Gorman.
The Wall Street Journal is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp which includes news media giant Fox News Channel, conservative magazine The Weekly Standard, and other media outlets.
One of the officials told the WSJ that there was only a few of instances of the practice within the last ten years, however, according to Gorman, it's common enough to garner its own intelligence "tradecraft" label: LOVEINT.
"The "LOVEINT" examples constitute most episodes of willful misconduct by NSA employees," officials were quoted as saying.
"So besides SIGINT, which is intel jargon for signal and communications intelligence, and HUMINT, which refers to human intelligence gathering, we now have LOVEINT," political strategist and attorney Michael Baker told Law Enforcement Examiner.
The National Security Agency (NSA) on Friday conceded that its agents had misused their surveillance network to spy on American citizens within the U.S. mainland, which contradicts President Barack Obama's -- and his administration's -- claims that no such violations occurred, according to an Examiner news story.