It’s called the Second Oldest Profession for a reason

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We’ve started the new week with more “shocking” revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency, a foreign intelligence agency, is actually conducting foreign intelligence operations.  And pretty effectively at that. Thanks to Edward Snowden and his motley ring of collaborators, the world is getting an idea of what NSA does as its main job. Which is seeing and listening to foreign communications.

Last week Snowden’s stolen information revealed that NSA spies on Mexico. This week it’s France. Which is “shocking” only to those who know nothing about the real world of intelligence, or those who have a preexisting hatred for the United States and its close allies (there is considerable overlap between those categories, as we’ve learned in recent months). Since France is famed in spy circles worldwide for its aggressive HUMINT and SIGINT operations against even close allies, the latest Snowden revelations have been met with the biggest…

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