The NSA has had decades to refine how it operates. The personnel and technology are meant to fulfill the mission of the NSA.
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services, and enables Computer Network Operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.
I never noticed until now that in the Mission Statement is “under all circumstances.” This means the NSA spent a lot of time thinking about threats to its operations. Out of all the scenarios that the NSA went through, it is very unlikely they foresaw the case where they are in a PR disaster and are being attacked by Allies and the USA.
Just check out the latest Google News search for “NSA."
Fox News-5 hours agoFILE: Oct. 28, 2013: A photo illustration of an NSA logo and a cellphone simulating a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Frankford, ...
In the Sen Mark Udall post on Huffington the call is made to change NSA operations.
Maybe it is worthwhile to think about what happens if there is a PR disaster in your data center operations and documents are in public domain as to how you operate.