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The NSA Used To Have A Clown Club And It Was As Weird As It Sounds

This is real. This happened.

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In addition to being the U.S. military's electronic listening post, the National Security Agency also publishes something called the "Cryptologic Almanac," an academic journal of code-breaking.

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An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.

You also read right. As late as 2002, "Snaggs" the Clown still worked for the NSA.

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This is actually a Chilean man demanding labor reform during a protest earlier this year, but is how we imagine Snaggs the clown to look.

Dave Maass, whose tweet first alerted BuzzFeed News to the former clown cabal, points out that there were at one time as many as eighteen members of the makeup-crusted mafia. EIGHTEEN.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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