It turns out that some NSA analysts turned the massive spying power of the agency to looking to former love interests. It is common enough that such spying has a name: LOVEINT.
For a great analysis of the repeating pattern of dribbles of information and the actions of the apologists for the NSA, check out this short essay by John Quiggan.
- The NSA Has A Word For When Analysts Abuse Their Power To Spy On A Love Interest (businessinsider.com)
- LOVEINT: NSA says employees spied on their partners (dailydot.com)
- Surprise: NSA Agents Use All-Seeing Power to Spy on Their Crushes (gizmodo.com)
- LOVEINT: When NSA officers use their spying power on love interests (washingtonpost.com)