Supposing you want the NSA to see something, what does one have to do to guarantee it. This means in their normal data collection it will be swept up, not in a targeted probe of an individual or with (or without) a subpoena. The restrictions are as follows:
- No use of government resources (can't email to firstname.lastname@example.org, etc)
- No public publishing of information (e.g. twitter, facebook, blog, etc)
- Nothing illegal
My thoughts are the following ways that it might be possible in an increasing order of difficulty, but I'm hoping to eliminate my speculation:
- Save an item to a gmail drafts folder. Does using http vs. https matter?
- Send an email from a gmail account to itself.
- Send an email from a gmail account to a non-existent European email account.
- Send an email to an existing European email account.
I'm sure there are others that I haven't thought of.
I'm not looking for speculation, I'm hoping the release of NSA documents that describe their data collection practices will provide an answer.