Snowden: I Was a Spy, Had a Fake Name
NSA leaker's sit-down with Brian Williams was months in the making
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2014 12:00 AM CDT
Updated May 28, 2014 7:48 AM CDT
Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow last fall.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Edward Snowden wants the world to know he was more than the "low-level systems administrator" US authorities have described him as—he was a trained spy and technical expert. In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams, the National Security Agency leaker says he was a spy "in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas—pretending to work in a job that I'm not—and even being assigned a name that was not mine." He says he has worked for the CIA as well as the NSA, and as a lecturer at a counterintelligence academy for the Defense Intelligence Agency and for the CIA as well as the NSA.

"I am a technical specialist. I am a technical expert," Snowden explained. "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." The full interview, Snowden's first with an American news organization, airs tonight at 10pm EST. It took place in a Moscow hotel after months of negotiations and plenty of cloak-and-dagger maneuvers, the New York Times finds. "What's going to be most interesting is to see if it moves the conversation or changes any minds," says Williams, adding that no money changed hands. "I think his total compensation was half a chicken sandwich from the room service cart," he says.

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JERZJOE
May 30, 2014 5:54 AM CDT
all i say about this is that he is "EGOTISTICAL"!!!! meaning.. one who has become so ultimately consumed by their ego, that their entire view of the world and everyone in it is twisted. there ya go!! p.s. also that sounds like the current *** ADMINISTRATION IN D.C.**** too!!!
iq145
May 29, 2014 11:28 PM CDT
Bull. It's long since been revealed that Snowjob only sought employment there strictly for the purpose of doing what he did and stealing what he stole. He thought he'd be famous...
Stimey
May 29, 2014 10:11 AM CDT
Talk about the real liar in the USA and where the real damage comes from.