I Was Trained as a Spy, Says Snow­den

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In a story out on NBC’s web­site on Wed­nes­day, Ed­ward Snow­den pushes back on crit­ics who claim he was no more than a low-level hacker, in­stead telling Brian Wil­liams that he was “trained as a spy” that worked un­der­cover over­seas, some­times even us­ing a name other than his own. “But I am a tech­ni­cal specialist. I am a tech­ni­cal ex­pert,” Snow­den told NBC. “I don’t work with people. I don’t re­cruit agents. What I do is I put sys­tems to work for the United States. And I’ve done that at all lev­els from — from the bot­tom on the ground all the way to the top.” Snow­den is be­lieved to have “touched” around 1.7 mil­lion documents on NSA servers, ul­ti­mately giv­ing 2,00,000 of them to jour­nal­ists Glenn Green­wald and Laura Poitras af­ter meet­ing them in Hong Kong in early June. While he grabbed the documents while work­ing un­der con­tract to NSA at Booz Allen Hamil­ton in Hawaii, Snow­den has an ex­ten­sive work his­tory with in­tel­li­gence agencies, in­clud­ing a stint as a CIA tech­ni­cian and con­trac­tor with the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency (DIA).

“When they say I’m a low-level sys­tems ad­min­is­tra­tor, that I don’t know what I’m talk­ing about, I’d say it’s some­what mis­lead­ing,” Snow­den told Brian Wil­liams. DIA later con­firmed to NBC that the 30year-old con­trac­tor had ac­tu­ally spo­ken at three of their con­fer­ences.

“It would be most un­usual if he were al­lowed to re­main there as a guest for free,” for­mer di­rec­tor of CIA Op­er­a­tions Jack Devine said. “I don’t think he was a con­trolled as­set, but I think at the end of the day he will be.”

— busi­nessin­sider.in

Ed­ward Snow­den

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