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10/17/2013 01:50 pm ET

Woman Thwarts Mugger By Claiming NSA Will Track Him

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A Washington, D.C. woman managed to thwart a mugger Monday night by claiming she was an NSA intern, according to the Washington Examiner.

The victim, whose name was not published, told the Examiner she was walking to her Capitol Hill home when a man grabbed her arm and told her to give him her wallet and phone.

She claimed she was an intern with the National Security Agency and, as an intern, had no cash on her. In reality, the woman does not work for the NSA, but is employed by a nonprofit and did have cash on her.

She took her claims a step further. "I told him that the NSA could track the phone within minutes, and it could cause possible problems for him," she told the Examiner.

According to the victim, the mugger then fled without the phone.

The mugger may not have taken the woman's phone, but that same day, the world learned that the NSA has been "harvesting" millions of contact lists from online accounts around the world, many of which belong to American citizens.

Today, the Associated Press reported that documents released by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden also indicate that the NSA has been "extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program."

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