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June 25th, 2013
11:15 AM ET

Did the U.S. drop the ball on Snowden?

U.S. officials are trying to figure out what went wrong in the attempt to capture NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • Jill Dougherty • NSA leaks
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  1. Cal

    As a concerned citizen, I applaud the media for providing a source of objective truth while the administration attempts to divest this debacle by any means appreciable in order to calm a [majority] confused public that must sift throughout political ideologies related to compartmentalization of sensitive government programs orchestrated to keep the contiguous protected. It is safe to speculate that Snowden may have made a mistake, however, why do news agencies keep attempting to associate his misgivings or premature judgment by stipulating that he was a hired “NSA contractor.” Designating this individual, as a contractor is not, repeat, IS NOT telling the American people where Snowden worked while assigned to the NSA. Furthermore, it does not provide the clarity needed to find out who was directly responsible for granting Snowden top-secret access. Government contractors are granted security clearances in advance of being assigned to a client – in this case the NSA – so please identify who else is to blame when it comes to oversight, non-disclosure, governance, and most importantly – what is the name of the corporation contracted by the NSA where Snowden received his pay, training, direction, and morale fortitude? Now, there appears to be a secondary cover-up taking place that associates with “compartmentalization,” except this time it is our government cronies once again hiding or protecting a powerful [public or private] entity that should be taking more responsibility in this case instead of receiving preferential treatment that affiliates with the control of public information and money. How about revealing who else is involved...unless the goal is to peel layers of relevant information rather than keeping truth transparent. Everyone in America deserves to know which entity is receiving billions of tax dollars, yet, has the ability to remain in the shadows of the worst leak of national secrets in the history of our great country.

    June 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  2. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    No this is an act of GOD sending Patriotic American Citizens of the USA a Savior to keep big brother from spying on us. We all know for a fact that we can't trust Republicans with anything, let alone any information about us. We've seen them lie, slander, kill, maim, torture, anything and everything under the sun to get what they want, there is no limit to the evils they will use to achieve their diabolical plans. Ed Snowden a man of more moral fiber and integrity than any Republican went deep under cover to investigate and show the uninformed masses of USA American Citizenry what evils were being perpetrated on them under the false cloak of National Security . Let's hope the ball we hear dropping is is the Constitution of the USA, dropping on the NSA spy program and the outrage of the USA Citizenry.

    June 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm |

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