Score one for Salon Magazine, which just trumped last month's Wired News NSA-at-AT&T story with news of a more sinister, even more highly secured NSA spying room in AT&T's St. Louis facilities.

Salon writer Kim Zetter expertly plays down the Wired News piece without outright calling it dog-bites-man. But she gets amusingly close. All references to "the Klein case" below are about the earlier, wussier story.

"Whatever is happening [in the more important Bridgeton facility] with the security you're talking about is a whole lot more closely held than what's going on with the Klein case" in San Francisco, [former NSA officer Russ Tice] said. (The San Francisco room is secured only by a special combination lock, according to the Klein documents.)

After the jump, another Klein-referencing graf from Page 2 follows Rule 1 of the Secondary Scoop: Show why your story's more important than the first guy's.

According to the two former AT&T workers and the Klein documents, the room in the pivotal Bridgeton facility was set up several months before the room in San Francisco. According to the Klein documents, the work order for the San Francisco room came from Bridgeton, suggesting that Bridgeton has a more integral role in operations using the secured rooms.

Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic? [Salon]