Huffington Post The National Security Agency gathered records of p**n-viewing habits and online sexual activity as part of a proposed plan to damage the reputation of a half-dozen Muslim men the agency suspected were radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a report published Wednesday.

According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reported by the Huffington Post, the program was designed to demonstrate how the “personal vulnerabilities” of the six “exemplars” could be dredged up through electronic surveillance and used to undermine a target’s credibility.

Among the vulnerabilities identified in the October 3, 2012 document are “viewing sexually explicit material online” and “using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls.” The NSA possesses embarrassing sexually explicit information on at least two of the targets. Some of the data was gathered through FBI surveillance programs executed under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act. It was gathered through SIGINT—short for signals intelligence, the interception of communications—methods. “Information herein is based largely on Sunni extremist communications,” the document stated, adding “the SIGINT information is from primary sources with direct access and is generally considered reliable.” There is no evidence that the NSA carried out the proposal to discredit any of the individuals, whose names were not included in the Huffington Post article.     

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