Snowden Gathered NSA Dirt While at Dell
Snooping began far earlier than had been reported
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2013 2:23 AM CDT
This June 23, 2013 file photo shows a TV screen with a news report on Edward Snowden at a shopping mall in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

(Newser) – Looks like Edward Snowden began snooping around the NSA long before he started work at Booz Allen Hamilton: He began downloading related records in April of last year while working at Dell, insiders tell Reuters. That's almost a year earlier than had been reported, Reuters notes. An electronic footprint shows when Snowden got his hands on the information. The documents included information on NSA and British surveillance programs.

Snowden accessed records regarding the NSA's surveillance of fiber-optic cables packed with internet traffic, some of them stretching across oceans. Dell is keeping quiet following a customer request—probably from the NSA, Reuters notes—not to comment on Snowden. The leaker's efforts at Dell may further pressure the US to crack down on information security, Reuters points out.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 20, 2013 11:08 PM CDT
The Dell sales and support center in my town was designed and constructed to employee 3000 workers at one time. On a busy day, they run about 50 workers now. Kind of poetic irony if you will.
oldandwise
Aug 17, 2013 11:08 AM CDT
Why is it that Snowden will not be labled a whistle blower when in fact he has disclosed thousands of incidents where NAS has broken the law. I guess this is the same reason that Hasan at Ft. Hood is not a terrorist. Our Muslin Brotherhood enabling president make sure that the Muslins and Black Panters are all protected no matter what the laws are.
NorCalHal
Aug 17, 2013 10:43 AM CDT
So this wasn't spur of the moment treason brought on my his "conscious" in finding things that made him uncomfortable at NSA but a long term planned out and deliberate stealing of classified data.. It will be interesting to see how his supporters justify this.