“I don’t want to worry about that, because in one way or another, NSA is a governmental organization. If I would be afraid of government even when it comes to such an innocent phone call, then we are really lost. You know what I mean?”
— Bahram Sadeghi, a filmmaker who called the National Security Agency saying he wanted help recovering an accidentally deleted email. In an interview with the Washington Post, he said friends loved the video of the prank call but feared he would become an NSA target. What he said was mostly scripted in advance, although he did some improvisation. “So you don’t keep track of emails of people?” he asked the person who told him she couldn’t help with the retrieval of the email, which Sadeghi told the Post doesn’t actually exist. (Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that recent revelations based on leaks from former U.S. government tech contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA does have a massive program that among other things can track people’s emails.) The Amsterdam resident also helpfully noted he was born in Iran — that he might be a person of interest to the NSA, he told her before he was transferred to another person. That person then rather quickly hung up on him.
The video of the 3-minute phone call has been viewed on YouTube about 88,000 so far. Sadeghi said he has plans for at least a follow-up phone call, as well as a song. It might have a catchy chorus or title: “Who you gonna call? NSA!” he told the Post.
Photo at top: Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, leaked information to newspapers such as the Guardian and the Washington Post. (The Guardian via Associated Press)