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Should he go to jail?
Posted by Centristsin2010
Terminated from NSA earlier this year? Makes it sound as if he was terminated from NSA then went to work for one of their contractors. No doubt when he first came on the news they withdrew his security clearance and blocked him from access.
Posted by TxGrandpa2
If you got the sequence right, PERHAPS we should rethink the wonders of contracting out National Security? Fairly certain that the CIA would not have rehired someone just bounced from the NSA - apparently such a termination is something Booz-Allen-Hamilton feels is no impediment to granting an employee ANOTHER TS clearance.
Posted by Olderscout66
Looks as if the Russian's are considering hiring/acquiring him. Maybe Natasha will be his bride....
Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy (retired), called the leaks coming from former CIA employee Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency's role in intelligence collection a "huge breach" that undermines the country's security.
The phrase “whistleblower” would imply the disclosure of wrongdoing and — sorry, Senator Paul – I don’t see any crime at NSA, beyond the negligence that put a high-school dropout in a position to decide what secrets the U.S. government is permitted to keep:
A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a statement saying that authorities are “reviewing the damage” to U.S. security by Snowden’s illegal disclosures: “Any person who has a security clearance knows that he or she has an obligation to protect classified information and abide by the law.”
Several former intelligence officials said details about Snowden’s career raised questions about how he obtained security clearance.
Snowden told the Guardian he is a North Carolina native who did not graduate from high school, but earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) after his family moved to Maryland. Snowden said he studied computers at a community college and enlisted in the Army in 2003 under the 18X program for recruits seeking to join the elite Special Forces, but was discharged after breaking both his legs in a training accident. He said his Army experience disillusioned him about the Iraq war because “most of the people training us seemed pumped up about killing Arabs, not helping anyone.” After leaving the Army, he was hired as a security guard at an NSA facility in Maryland, Snowden said, then worked as an information technology specialist for the CIA, which in 2007 stationed him in Switzerland under diplomatic cover. ”Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world,”Snowden told the Guardian. “I realized that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good.”
One former U.S. intelligence official told the Washington Post that Snowden’s clearance may have been fast-tracked because of the government’s effort to ramp up its computer counter-terrorism programs after the devastating attacks of Sept. 11, 2001: “Like a lot of things after 9/11, they just went on a hiring binge, and in the technical arena young, smart nerds were in high demand.” Another official, formerly with the CIA, told the Post it was extremely unusual for the agency to employ people with Snowden’s background: “I just have never heard of anyone being hired with so little academic credentials.”