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Edward Snowden borrowed NSA co-worker's credentials to access files

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Thu Feb 13 2014, 09:29
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WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden is being accused of costing a co-worker his job by borrowing his password credentials and using them in his documents haul.

NBC News has seen a memo sent from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the House Committee on the Judiciary about the incident.

The memo revealed that a civilian NSA employee loaned Snowden his PKI key so the whistleblower could access files to which he otherwise would not have had access.

The co-worker admitted that he had put his password into the Snowden's computer once, not knowing that it was being captured for re-use. Although this happened without his knowledge it was still a breach of his security obligations, and a couple of months later he had his security credentials revoked.

"Unbeknownst to the civilian, Mr Snowden was able to capture the password, allowing him even greater access to classified information," read the memo.

Having loaned the password in June, he was notified of the possibility of his being asked to leave the NSA in November, and then in January he resigned.

According to the memo two others are implicated, one of which the committee is already aware of. The memo said that "three NSA affiliates" are implicated, and that these are a staffer, a military man and a contractor.

This week we have begun to see the other side of the Snowden revelations, the side that shines a negative light on the whistleblower.

Earlier, in a statement, Edward Snowden said that he was being smeared, adding that the discreditors had missed some irony.

"It's ironic that officials are giving classified information to journalists in an effort to discredit me for giving classified information to journalists," he said. "The difference is that I did so to inform the public about the government's actions, and they're doing so to misinform the public about mine." µ

 

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