The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. The agency has secretly circumvented or cracked much of the digital scrambling that protects global commerce, e-mails, phone calls, medical records and web searches, according to newly disclosed documents. Photograph: Government handout via The New York Times

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