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Nat Geo docu peers into NSA

Ultra-secret spy org agrees to let in TV cameras

The ultra-secret National Security Agency has done the unthinkable: It’s agreed to let in TV cameras.

The org will be the unlikely subject of a National Geographic Channel docu in January called “Inside the NSA” — marking one of the very few times the agency has allowed a camera crew inside.

Nat Geo has carved out a niche for itself with programs dedicated to the inner workings of secret government institutions — the net has tackled the Green Berets, Area 51 and the CIA — but this one will be hard to top.

Michael Cascio, programming topper for Nat Geo, said that the team had gone “places no cameras had ever been into” for the hourlong special. The centerpiece of the show will be a trip into NTOC, a high-security (even for the NSA) section of the agency’s Fort Meade, Md., operations center created to monitor cyber-attacks.

Cascio said that the NSA has jurisdiction over what footage airs from inside the facility, but Nat Geo retains editorial control over the final product.

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