The U.S. government spent millions of dollars searching for people it believes are tied to terrorist groups and sought intelligence jobs, documents indicate.
Among other things, the CIA found a segment of job-seekers whose backgrounds indicated "significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections," the document, provided to The Washington Post by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, indicated.
The terror groups cited most often were Hamas, Hezbollah, and al-Qaida and its affiliates, but the connections weren't described in the document, the Post reported Sunday.
Concern was high enough last year that the NSA planned to launch at least 4,000 investigations into potentially suspicious or abnormal staff activity after examining employee keystrokes at work, the Post said. Behavior that could spark suspicion included employees downloading documents or accessing classified databases they don't typically use in tir job, two people familiar with the employee activity monitoring software told the Post.