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Monday, June 17, 2013
Before we go off the deep end about Edward Snowden’s revelations, let’s pause and reflect. Clearly, he leaked the existence of classified intelligence programs. But the parameters of these programs are known to most lawmakers and just about anybody interested in national security matters.
Snowden didn’t finish high school, but earned a GED and studied computers at a community college. He began work in 2005, age 22, as a security guard at the National Security Agency. In 2007, he was an undercover (wow!) IT security contractor for the CIA in Geneva. He later worked for Booz Allen Hamilton for three months on NSA contracts in Japan and Hawaii. Moreover, he claims to be a “spook,” saying: “I’ve been a spy all my adult life.” Really?
Who is paying Snowden’s bills in Hong Kong? Apparently, vocal but faceless “local activists.” Numerous news stories describe him as a person whose “computer wizardry allowed him to quickly rise through the intelligence ranks.” Hmm . . . not bad for a high school dropout.
Despite public indignation over Snowden’s leaks, Congress is reported to have little appetite for pursuing action against him. Could it be the hoopla has less substance than journalism gone awry?
PETER M. HAIN
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