I actually went threw a first round of processing with NSA. They closed me out, neither offering nor denying me a clearance after accepting a CJO and passing my poly, medical, and completing my psych. They told me to re-apply after some time, but I immediately submitted a FOIA request which I got almost 2 years later. Giant packet which I had to do sign for at the post office. Boy they found lots of stuff about me on the internet. But it was all good stuff that showed my interest in Eurasia. They even found an article that a Kazakh news outlet wrote about me doing research in Kazakhstan that I never knew existed. The article was in Kazakh, so they translated it on Google Translate, and put that into my file as well. My facebook is on lock down. Also, I don’t post dumb things on there. I keep my dumb thoughts to myself or amongst my select group of friends. They did ask for my instagram username during my operation interview. I gave it to them, but for some reason, they didn’t include this in my FOIA. My instagram was public and just a page where I posted my photography with simple captions and hashtags.
When I meant spying, I meant having people overseas keep tabs on you, or seeing who you are calling and texting, following you. I’ve been to Russia-let me remind you, and the last time I was there, I was invited to participate in a diplomatic program by the Russian government. They invited young experts to the country to discuss the relationship. So it wouldn’t be totally out of the blue for them to want to keep tabs on me. However, like I said, I’m not doing anything illegal. I was a student interested in becoming an expert on a particularly problemsome country as of late, so it was my duty to study that country, and when opportunities presented themselves, to go there. I’m not naive and I know the threat of being recruited in Russia, and I employ my own counter-intel whenever I travel to the former USSR. I’m just saying, it would be nice to know if I was being watched.
I recall the first time I was in Russia, I was there for a scholarship with the DOS. I remember I was on a date in Moscow and a guy in a trenchcoat walked passed me and in a perfectly American accent, said hello, and continued on his way. Dude looked just like inspector gadget. I can’t lie. I thought it was weird. Other similar things happened. So that is what prompted me to ask this question.