Edward Snowden’s superiors at the CIA suspected in 2009 that he “was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access,”the New York Times reported yesterday.The agency then “decided to send him home” from his job as a technician in Geneva.
Snowden’s supervisor noted the suspicion in a “derogatory report in his personnel file” that also noted “a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits.”
Snowden then became a contractor for the National Security Agency, but “the supervisor’s cautionary note and the CIA’s suspicions apparently were not forwarded to the NSA or its contractors.” They only came to light after Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents.
They have now closed that barn door too late. Now the CIA and NSA share this information.
So at least this will stop further such events. This is one of the good benefits of Snowden’s leaks.
But it also opens up the question of how many people may have done this before Snowden revealed it was possible? We may not agree with Snowden’s ethics but he did feel he was releasing the information to demonstrate problems with the system, rather than simply make a lot of money.
Were there others before he came along?