Not many students have the cutting-edge cybersecurity skills the NSA needs, recruiters say. And these days industry is paying top dollar for talent. Brooks Kraft/Corbis hide caption

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After a car attempted to crash a gate outside the NSA Monday morning, Maryland state police blocked the freeway entrance that accesses the agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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The lawsuit by Wikimedia and other plaintiffs challenges the National Security Agency's use of upstream surveillance, which collects the content of communications, instead of just the metadata. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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This photo provided by The Guardian in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong last year. AP hide caption

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (center), accompanied by FBI Director Robert Mueller (left) and CIA Director John Brennan, testifies on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2013. When questioned, Clapper said the NSA did not collect data on Americans. He later acknowledged his response was "clearly erroneous." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Over the last dozen years, whistleblowers at the National Security Agency have had a rough track record, facing FBI raids and lawsuits. NSA/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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