His disillusionment led him to approach editors at the now-defunct glossy left-wing magazine Ramparts, which later published a transcription of Fellwock's interview under the nom de plume Winslow Peck. The New York Times soon after made Fellwock front page news.
"Most people in those days thought that the NSA and CIA worked for the U.S. government," Fellwock tells Gawker. "But they don't. They're an entity unto itself...This community operates outside of the Constitution, and from everything I've seen, it still does."
Nowadays, the NSA is the object of international scorn because of leaks from ex-agency contractor Edward Snowden. Some feel like the spy agency is running amok, peering indiscriminately into the private lives and communications of people, ranging from ordinary Americans to presidents of European countries.
Give the Gawker piece a read for a deeper understanding of how the NSA has functioned over time, seemingly independent of the federal government's oversight and accountability.