An Iranian filmmaker, Bahram Sadeghi, uploaded a video Thursday of himself calling the National Security Agency (NSA) hotline in a sarcastic attempt to retrieve an email he told the operator he accidentally deleted.
"A couple of days ago I received an email and by mistake I deleted it, the email... permanently," Sadeghi can be seen explaining to an NSA employee over the phone.
The filmmaker then explains to the operator assisting him that he went to a computer store to recover the supposed email, but they were unable to do so. According to him, they suggested he call the NSA.
"This is something we wouldn't actually be able to help you with," replies the NSA employee.
Sadeghi then informs the unidentified employee that he is Iranian and suggests as a result he may be monitored more heavily by the NSA.
While the NSA said they were unable to help Sadeghi, they can be heard asking him for his personal contact information in the roughly five minute video.
The video had a little over 74,000 views at the time of publication.
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