Are Obscure Languages Still... Obscure?

Title

Are Obscure Languages Still... Obscure?

Subject

Somalia

Description

This article, published in the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, describes the experience of a signals intelligence language analyst learning a "less-commonly-taught-language" (LCTL) to aid in his work. In this case the analyst, proficient already in Korean, learned Tigrinya, a commonly spoken language in Eritrea and Ethiopia, which is of high importance to the NSA because of those countries relationships with Somalia and Sudan.

Creator

National Security Agency

Publisher

The Intercept

Relation

Snowden

Language

en

Date:Created

2012-11-10

Source:Classification

Secret

Source:Redactions

Author's name has been redacted

Report:Creator

Peter Maass

NumPages

3

CreatorOffice

NSA

Date:Leaked

2015-08-11

Distribution

FOUO

Collection

Citation

National Security Agency, “Are Obscure Languages Still... Obscure?,” Snowden Archive, accessed January 30, 2023, https://grid.glendon.yorku.ca/items/show/176.

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