Shia LaBeouf warned about surveillance calls back in 2008

Jun 11, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. ET

While the United States is just learning about the NSA surveillance scandal, Shia LaBeouf had the inside track back in 2008. An FBI consultant warned him years ago.


The National Security Agency listening in on the phone calls of U.S. citizens has been making international news ever since Edward Snowden came forward about the allegations. While the former computer security administrator for the CIA had insider information, so did one young Hollywood actor, Shia LaBeouf.

A 2008 interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show has resurfaced and in the clip, LaBeouf warns the audience that the recordings are happening. He learned this information while working with an FBI consultant on the movie Eagle Eye.

LaBeouf shared, "He [an FBI consultant] told me that one in five phone calls which you make are recorded and logged. And I laughed at him, and then he played back a phone conversation I had had two years prior to joining the picture… And it was one of those 'What are you wearing?' kind of things."

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While the audience laughed back then, it's downright creepy information given the recent news. At the time, the Transformers actor's story seemed almost implausible.

While the headlines have been focused on cell phone calls, the now-27-year-old also talked about other devices that are used to monitor your daily activities.

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He said, "I remember talking to an FBI consultant telling me that they can use your ADT box to get the stuff going on in your house. Or that they can use OnStar to shut your car down."

Perhaps this time we will all listen to LaBeouf. He clearly has the inside scoop on what the NSA is using to keep tabs on us.

Watch Shia LaBeouf's 2008 appearance on The Tonight Show.

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