Remember that story about the grad student who asked for Mao’s Little Red Book and got an investigation instead? I didn’t blog about this when it first hit the blogosphere because the complainant was anonymous, and it lacked any confirmation. Plus I couldn’t figure out how the feds would get hold of the list of ILL requests (librarians are about as good about privacy as anyone gets). And, sure enough, the whole thing is a hoax.
The NSA story, however, is not a hoax.