Snowden said that when the latter was arrested, a CIA operative offered to help in exchange for the banker becoming an informant.Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation for the year 2013, in June of that year publicly disputed Snowden's claims.He was disappointed with President Barack Obama, believing his policies were a continuation of those espoused by George W. In accounts published in June 2013, interviewers noted that Snowden's laptop displayed stickers supporting Internet freedom organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project.
The University College of the University of Maryland acknowledged that Snowden had attended a summer session at a UM campus in Asia.Snowden's résumé stated that he estimated that he would receive a University of Liverpool computer security master's degree in 2013.A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor, and a patriot.His disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.Snowden was offered a position on the NSA's elite team of hackers, Tailored Access Operations, but turned it down to join Booz Allen.
Reuters reported that Booz Allen hiring screeners could not verify some details of Snowden's education but decided to hire him anyway; what triggered these concerns or how Snowden satisfied them was unknown.
Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization.
His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.
During his four years with Dell, he rose from supervising NSA computer system upgrades to working as what his résumé termed a "cyberstrategist" and an "expert in cyber counterintelligence" at several U. In that capacity, he was consulted by the chiefs of the CIA's technical branches, including the agency's chief information officer and its chief technology officer. NBC News subsequently reported that the NSA sent a memo to Congress suggesting that Snowden had tricked a fellow employee into sharing his personal public key infrastructure certificate to gain greater access to the NSA's computer system.
with Snowden himself saying in January 2014, "With all due respect to Mark Hosenball, the Reuters report that put this out there was simply wrong.
Snowden came to international attention after stories based on the material appeared in The Guardian and The Washington Post. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property.