Photo Gallery 'Controlled Escalation'

The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars -- a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.
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The National Security Agency intelligence service isn't just trying to achieve mass surveillance of Internet communication. The digital spies of the Five Eyes alliance want more. Documents from the archive of Edward Snowden indicate they are planning for wars of the future in which the Internet will play a critical role, with the aim of being able to use the net to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all the infrastructure they control. This slide is from an NSA presentation on its Quantumtheory program.

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Pictured here is the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, which has become a major focal point in America's preparation for digital wars of the future.

Foto: Trevor Paglen/ dpa
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The US Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force have already established their own cyber forces, but it is the NSA, also officially a military agency, that is taking the lead. It's no coincidence that the director of the NSA also serves as the head of the US Cyber Command. The country's leading data spy, Admiral Michael Rogers (pictured here in Washington, DC), is also its chief cyber warrior and his close to 40,000 employees are responsible for both digital spying and destructive network attacks.

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In a recent interview with the US public broadcaster PBS, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden voiced his concerns that "defense is becoming less of a priority than offense."

Foto: REUTERS/ Glenn Greenwald/ Laura Poitras/ Courtesy of The Guardian
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The TUTELAGE system illustrated in this presentation is a tool used by the NSA in identifying foreign cyber attacks.

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