1970s Backdoors - NSA

Emily Crose filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Emily Crose

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Information on programs written or maintained either by NSA or NSA contracted agencies (such as Bell laboratories) which would be considered "backdoored" or providing specialized access only to government officials with a specific password to access remotely. A specific example of such a program can be found in the attached reference to a New York Times article published in 1983. This article references an unspecified program written sometime in the 1970s with the aforementioned purpose. Please limit the results of this search to only those originating between the years of 1967 and 1979.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emily Crose


From: National Security Agency

Dear Emily Crose:

Attached is your completed FOIA request. NSA considers your request to be satisfied and, accordingly, your request is being closed at this time.

Please follow the instructions provided to you within the letter if you wish to contact us. Please do not respond to this email.

NSA Freedom of Information Division
(301) 688-6527

From: Emily Crose

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