When the National Security Agency visited the University of Wisconsin last week to recruit language students to be the next generation of intelligence workers, events didn’t go smoothly as planned.
Journalist Madiha Tahir, currently taking a language course at the university, posted an audio recording of the NSA officials’ presentation to the student body going off the rails, as she and others tear the presenters to pieces with questions about Edward Snowden, the legality and ethics of their work, and if being a good liar is an asset for getting a job at the NSA. She has also posted a rough transcript on her blog.
Her comment that sums up the whole debacle: “I’m just surprised that for language analysts, you’re incredibly imprecise with your language. And it just doesn’t seem to be clear.”