Snowden Tricked NSA Co-Worker for Access
He copied log-in credentials, says memo
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 13, 2014 2:30 PM CST
At least three people are probably cursing the day they met Edward Snowden.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Heads are slowly starting to roll in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks. A civilian NSA employee who let Snowden use his login to access classified info has resigned, after being stripped of his security clearance, the NSA revealed in an unclassified memo this week, spotted by NBC News. According to the memo, the civilian put in his password to let Snowden access files "that he knew had been denied to Mr. Snowden." Unbeknownst to the contractor, Snowden recorded his keystrokes so he could access the info at his leisure.

The contractor didn't know that Snowden intended to leak the files, but "he failed to comply with security obligations." A contractor and an active duty military member have also been "implicated" in the Snowden case, the memo reveals, though it doesn't elaborate. They've had their access revoked, but further discipline is pending. The moves are the first results of the NSA's internal probe into the incident. Earlier reports indicate that as many as 25 people gave Snowden their passwords. The revelation further underscores how low-tech some of Snowden's snooping techniques were.

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AnthonyLook
Feb 17, 2014 8:31 PM CST
Regardless of what regulations, oversight, reform and limits the NSA definitely needs; this guys is an anti American spy and defector.
MadeinAmerica
Feb 15, 2014 6:51 PM CST
Ok, maybe "blow his brains out" was a bit harsh. I'm always willing to hear both sides of the argument. I understand that the NSA violated the 4th amendment. However, the intentions or reasons they did was to keep America safe. What out benefits do they get out of spying on me or you? As I said before, and noone has really addressed this point...EVERY country spies. Snowden specifically, he left this country and went to Russia. What a slap in our face. Plus the other day he was quoted in saying (this isn't a direct quote, but close) "Thanks to Russia for defending human rights". I mean, come on. Does that even make sense to anyone? Russia the defender of human rights? Its not about Obama, or Bush or the next president. Its simply about keeping an eye out on those who want to do us harm. I'm on the side of caution.
BillyB
Feb 14, 2014 11:00 AM CST
To commit tyranny at any branch of our Gov. is a crime. To expose that which is high treason is a greater crime, in the eyes of this administration.