The spyware used by the National Security Agency is a tool that’s “dangerous” for a variety of reasons, NSA chief Keith Alexander said in an interview published Wednesday.
But he also made clear he doesn’t expect the technology to be used by American law enforcement in the United States.
“It’s going to be a little bit less of a problem,” he said.
“We’re going to have a pretty small percentage of the population that we need to be able to use this, but it will be the majority.”
Alexander has previously said that there would be “no excuse” for the NSA to use spyware against Americans.
But the latest report from the Congressional Research Service indicates the agency is likely to use some version of the tool, known as SSTP, for a range of purposes.
That includes targeting communications in the U.S. from foreign countries, as well as targeting U.K. and German citizens.
“SSTP is a technology that’s very dangerous for many reasons,” Alexander said.
The technology has the potential to be deployed against U.N. or international organizations.
And while Alexander wouldn’t comment on whether the NSA would use the technology, he said the agency would “do everything possible to avoid it.”
“The question is how that will be used, and we will take every possible step to prevent that from happening,” he added.
The latest report said that the NSA is using SSTPs for surveillance against foreign targets, but not U.G. and European targets.
“The technology used by NSA for targeting communications between U.M.S., U.Y.S.-based U.U.N., G7, G8 and G10 countries has the capability to target any non-U.
S, non-G7 or non-EU non-state actors,” the report said.
A separate report released by the U,N.
security council, which is chaired by Britain’s former defense minister, suggested that the agency could be using the technology on its own, using it to track communications between the United Kingdom and Europe and to eavesdrop on communications from U.A.E. countries.
In a report published Tuesday, the U.,N.
committee said that “NSA can use the tool for targeting UG-based and non-AG countries and other non-aggression groups as well” but “did not identify the targets for NSA to target.”
The report said the tool was used to spy on U.H.A., a group of African states, in addition to the UG and UY.
“In one instance, a SIGINT operation was carried out to intercept communications between G7 and G8 members, who were discussing the potential deployment of SSTs on UH.
A similar SIGINT campaign targeted U.F.
A, the largest state-based UG in Africa, and its state-controlled political leadership, who shared information about their contacts with African officials about the possible use of SRTs against them.”
The U.W. government has called for greater transparency in the use of the SST program.
But in its report, the CRS said that U.C.I.A.’s general counsel, Mark Linscott, did not respond to a request for comment.
In the meantime, the committee called for an independent assessment of the program by the CIC, the agency that runs the agency, and the NSA.
The report also said that some of the technology being used by CIC has been used in previous investigations.
“A review of prior CIC-led SIGINT activities in Africa indicated that SIGINT techniques had been used previously to target U.B. countries and nonaggression states,” the Crs report said, “but that the use had been more limited, particularly for targeted communications between non-target states and the G7.”