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'Loveint': NSA employees spied on spouses, boyfriends

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) at a mark up session on Capitol Hill September 22, 2009 in Washington, DC.Some National Security Agency employees have illegally eavesdropped on the phone calls of their boyfriends, girlfriends and spouses over the past decade, the US spy service admitted. Confirming media reports that agency workers used surveillance technology in their private life -- a practice jokingly known as "loveint" -- the NSA's inspector general, General George Ellard, released a letter to a US senator disclosing details of the romantic snooping.