NSA Documents on Mujahideen Secrets

Joseph Cox filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Derek Mitch

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All guidelines, presentations, policy statements, legal opinions, memoranda, briefs, training manuals, emails and any other documents on, about, mentioning, concerning, or relating to Mujahideen Secrets, from January 2008 to the date of this request.

Mujahideen Secrets is a message and file encryption program allegedly used by some Islamic terrorists, and in particular, members of Al-Qaeda. The software, which was originally designed in around 2007, has gone through several updates over the years, some of which have been documented by researchers: https://www.recordedfuture.com/al-qaeda-encryption-technology-part-2/

Common alternative spellings of the software include "Asrar al-Mujahideen," "Mujahedeen Secrets," and "Asrar al-Mujahedeen."

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.


Derek Mitch

From: National Security Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.