UK and US Collected Millions of Webcam Images (Many Nude) ... To Smear or Blackmail the Targets?

George Washington's picture

Newly-released Snowden documents show that the British and American spy agencies gathered and stored many millions of images from Yahoo web cam streams … and that a large percentage are naked or pornographic images.

Given that the spy agencies use porn to discredit activists – and apparently to blackmail critics -  it is worth asking whether that was the larger purpose for this spy program.

Indeed, Glenn Greenwald – who has seen all of the Snowden documents – tweets:

Regarding GCHQ/NSA collection of sex chat photos, remember they plot to use online sex activity to harm reputations ....

The Associated Press notes:

The stockpiling of sexually explicit images of ordinary people had uncomfortable echoes of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four," where the authorities — operating under the aegis of "Big Brother" — fit homes with cameras to monitor the intimate details of people's home lives.




The collection of nude photographs also raise questions about potential for blackmail. America's National Security Agency has already acknowledged that half a dozen analysts have been caught trawling databases for inappropriate material on partners or love interests. Other leaked documents have revealed how U.S. and British intelligence discussed leaking embarrassing material online to blacken the reputations of their targets.

And Bill Binney - the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, a 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees, an expert on spying by the Soviets, interviewed by virtually all of the mainstream media, including CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, PBS and many others - told Washington's Blog:

This is just one of the ways to make controlling people possible.  Standard KGB/Stasi tactics.

In addition, top security experts have pointed out that spy agencies' mass surveillance leaves such information vulnerable to hackers and other malicious actors.

So even if those nude pictures aren't used for smear campaigns or blackmail (or drooled over) by GCHQ or NSA personnel, they might be by others.

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The Old Man's picture

Ahhhh... who gives a damn anymore. My dick ain't nothing to sneeze at but who would take it seriously if I posted it. Have you ever looked at casual encounters on Craigslist? All the pics you could ever want for free. If that's your bag. And so consenting adults privacy was violated????? Then why the fuck did they post them in the first place? Dumb ass, dumb asses is all I can say.

Hilroy's picture

What if there was a second camera and microphone in computers - hidden from the OS and plain view - that only a spy agency can activate?  

weburke's picture

they offer up webcam so you look no further at what else


kchrisc's picture

What would be hilarious would be a FOIA request by millions of individuals for their webcam "records." More specifically, any and all nude ones.

Make those criminal scumbags search and search, document their search and then have to write that "no nude webcam photos could be located."


"Dear listening intelligence services, Have I gotten fatter? Please send to me any nude webcam photos you may have of me from a year ago so I may compare. Thanks, and cold regards. Witness One"

UselessEater's picture

Witness One -maybe you could ask if they would be kind enough to edit said photo's with soft lighting and touch up's via photoshop.... saves paying for one of those "glam-sexy" photo shoots that were popular in the 80's

sosoome's picture

It'd be easier to just quit sending money to those blackmailed and blackmailing hooligans.

y3maxx's picture

This is just one of the ways the NSA blackmailed all those American Generals to resign last year and all the recent bankers to commit suicide. Generals and Bankers may have been planning to lead a Coup d'etat or Whistleblow.

forwardho's picture

The power to foment an uprising. Just "leak" a conversation between a head of state and his son talking about hiding money stolen from the people.

Have yet to see a single inquiry as to the origin of those recorded calls.

sosoome's picture


a few extra ups for ya'

Those generals scared to death of losing pensions.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Hmmm, in my circles those sort of photos could only enhance my reputation.  Is there a sign up anywhere?

notadouche's picture

Desenstize the stigma of sex and sex acts with other consenting adults takes away the power of this tool.  Hell none of the sexual misdeeds sullied Clinton's because he didn't act ashamed of being a poon hound.  His choice of poon was pretty shameful IMHO.  

taketheredpill's picture



Exactly.  No big deal, right?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Do you remember when the White House threw Hillary under the bus for Bill's indiscretion?  I think they pretty much said Hillary wouldn't put out and had lesbian tendencies.  The fact that she stayed with him is a testament to her resolve.   Hillary has certainly paid her dues, and I truly admire her for all her incredible service.

ThisIsBob's picture

Hillary Clinton probably one of the very few women in the world who could make Moinica Lewnski look good.

sosoome's picture

I'm sure she'll clean up this NSA mess and make sure no blackmailing is going on for political gain.

notadouche's picture

Yeah she took the heat but I also think it was politically expedient for her to do so and she was  the author of "Vast right ring consipriacy.."    Can we agree to disagree?   "Paid her dues?"  I think she got paid a thousand fold back for "playing ball" and her hands are as dirty as any other poltician.  White water was more about her than Bill.  But I digress and certainly respect your choice to like and respect whomever you damned well please wihout being attacked for it.  

I still can't figure out how she lost the primaries in 2008.  I believe she's already been tapped on the shoulder for 2016 so you will get to see her living back at 1600 Penn Ave in 2 years.  

Eahudimac's picture

Huma Abedin agrees. Hillary has serviced her numerous times. 

Jim in MN's picture

Psst GW, bet you've noticed this little item....the WIPP plutonium puff has suddenly gotten very scary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak, raising questions about whether the facility's safety systems worked as well as officials have said.

tony bonn's picture

the people of america voted for this crap if they ever voted for a republican or democrat.

ConManipulation's picture

I both dread & welcome the coming reset.

Our Founding Fathers would have been tarring & feathering, burning down, hanging, and shooting....LONG AGO.

satoshi123's picture

Gay Edgar Hoover, FBI director for 50+ years, collected GAY porn, and kept a black-list of Gay's in the USA forever, ...


But I know for a fact his purpose is that he wanted a list of boyfriends he could black-mail for sex, and his fellow FBI (Janet Reno) would frequently hold party's and they would watch gay porn and child-porn, ... this is why the FBI has the largest child-porn collection in the world,.... law enforcement bullshit, the sickest fucks in the world RULE the USA.

Mad Muppet's picture

Frankly, what 3 people and their goats do is none of the NSAs business.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Sibel Edmonds makes the point that when she was at FBI she started out doing Federal Judge background investigations.  The funny thing was, none of the candidates with squeaky clean backgrounds ever were appointed.  It was only the judges that had highly questionable backgrounds and activity that were appointed. 

cynicalskeptic's picture

Explains a lot of recent court decisions.....

BeetleBailey's picture

Fuck em!

I WANT them to try that on me. Go ahead...fuckers....I could give a shit.

I bet these cunts have loads of Obama-sucking-cock pics in their arsenal. The Douchebag-In-Chief smokes the pickle...come on.

With that hag of a wife - another sham marriage a la Clinton.

williambanzai7's picture

Nude Terrorists communicate by hand signals on their webcams.



LawyerScum's picture

It would be irresistible to most humans put in this type of position not to engage in voyeurism. Those more nefariously inclined would certainly keep such images for potential blackmail or to smear/discredit perceived enemies.  The trick is to prevent this type of unchecked power being wielded by our government, but alas, we are way fucking past the point of no return on that front.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Or we could all become nudists & there'd be nothing to blackmail.

semperfi's picture

so we can bust the NSA for child porn on their computers ?

George Washington's picture

Eric "Place" Holder is dedicated to ... um ... dedicated to ... er ... </never mind>

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Eric Holder is a man of integrity.  Of course I guess it depends on his definition of integrity.

Big Corked Boots's picture

Nope. They're TBTB (too big to bust).

semperfi's picture

I'm going to make sure I have my Clinton mask on whenever I'm naked in view of a webcam

chemystical's picture

Which one?  The one who eats snatch or the one who eats snatch?

semperfi's picture

doesn't matter - they both have a penis

imbtween's picture

I went to the anti-surveillance march in Union Square in NYC last year, and there was a guy wearing a cardboard camcorder on his head carrying a sign that said "THE NSA HAS PICTURES OF MY PENIS!".
I yelled ME TOO! Everyone there agreed.

Tall Tom's picture

Why would you have pictures of that guy's penis? Why would all of those people whom agreed with that have pictures of that guy's penis?




LMAO. Good joke.

gdogus erectus's picture

Not in the same picture I hope. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

I Write Code's picture

Maybe Beyonce will write a song about me.

tradewithdave's picture

Finally... the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision explained.  Doh. 

Shad_ow's picture

...and Roberts' decision on ACA and Boehner's refusal to do his job and...

No Euros please we&#039;re British's picture

Obviously they're just setting up fake facebook accounts and need plenty of profile pictures.


redwater's picture

Spook Spank Bank.


kurt's picture

This is all very queer.