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An NSA Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: ‘A Genius Among Geniuses’

Posted on December 17th, 2013 at 12:45 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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But an NSA staffer who contacted me last month and asked not to be identified–and whose claims we checked with Snowden himself via his ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner—offered me a very different, firsthand portrait of how Snowden was seen by his colleagues in the agency’s Hawaii office: A principled and ultra-competent, if somewhat eccentric employee, and one who earned the access used to pull off his leak by impressing superiors with sheer talent.The anonymous NSA staffer’s priority in contacting me, in fact, was to refute stories that have surfaced as the NSA and the media attempt to explain how a contractor was able to obtain and leak the tens of thousands of highly classified documents that have become the biggest public disclosure of NSA secrets in history. According to the source, Snowden didn’t dupe coworkers into handing over their passwords, as one report has claimed. Nor did Snowden fabricate SSH keys to gain unauthorized access, he or she says.Instead, there’s little mystery as to how Snowden gained his access: It was given to him.

  1. Truth is sometimes simpler and stupider than fiction.

    I only hope Mr. S. can come out of this business safely.

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