NSA Memo Says Snowden Tricked Colleague to Get Password

The internal agency memo says a civilian employee has resigned after being reprimanded for giving Snowden access to his password

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Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth tweeted this photo, taken by the organization's Deputy Director for Russia Tanya Lokshina in the Moscow airport on July 12, 2013.

An internal National Security Agency memo offers the most detailed public account yet of how former contractor Edward Snowden obtained access to the agency’s vast database of secrets. The memo, provided to members of Congress and obtained by NBC News, lends support to reports that Snowden stole a colleague’s password, something Snowden has publicly denied.

According to the memo, “at Mr. Snowden’s request, the civilian entered his PKI password at Mr. Snowden’s computer terminal. Unbeknownst to the civilian, Mr. Snowden was able to capture the password, allowing him even greater access to classified information.”

The NSA says it immediately suspended the civilian employee’s security clearance, then revoked it fully in November last year.  “The civilian was not aware that Mr. Snowden intended to unlawfully disclose classified information,” the memo said. “However, by sharing his PKI certificate, he failed to comply with security obligations.” The man resigned from employment with the NSA in January.

The memo also identifies an active duty member of the military and a contractor whose access to NSA information has been restricted after they were implicated in Snowden’s actions, NBC reports No further details on their cases were offered.

The memo comes after a Reuters report that Snowden “may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers” to give him their passwords. NBC News’ report contradicts statements made by Snowden in a public chat in January, during which, responding to that accusation, he said “ the Reuters report that put this out there was simply wrong. I never stole any passwords, nor did I trick an army of co-workers.”

[NBC News]

24 comments
TerryConklin
TerryConklin

Whether Snowden "tricked" anyone is a pointless argument. Do I believe the NSA's claim? No. Regardless of how Snowden got his information, his exposure of the NSA's high crimes is the real issue. Why are Clapper and Alexander still working and not in jail? 

Ruleoflaw10
Ruleoflaw10

Those who think Snowden is a hero need to read this: 


"I affect no disguise, and therefore frankly declare that in these Principles, I had determined to retain my arms and Command for an opportunity to surrender them to Great Britain, and in concerting the Measures for a purpose, in my Opinion, as grateful as it would have been beneficial to my Country; I was only solicitous to accomplish an event of decisive Importance, and to prevent, as much as possible in the Execution of it, the Effusion of blood."


This is Benedict Arnold's letter to the American public explaining why he betrayed his country. Now replace "Great Britain" with "Russia" and/or "China" and you have the SAME REASONING of Edward Snowden. 


We only need look at America's most infamous traitor to know what Snowden is, and how similar they are. 



RosalieBernard
RosalieBernard

According to Christians, God monitors everything I say, everything I do, and every thought I have. If that is true, then we are all being monitored, so it should come as no surprise that our governments worldwide, are monitoring us too. I really can't give Edward Snowden credit for heroism because he is only telling me something that I already knew, and has already been exposed by hundreds before him. We live in the kind of world today where, frankly, some of us need to be monitored just like a caught and convicted child molester. Governments around the world can monitor my conversations and actions, but at least my thoughts are safe.....I think!! If not, I'm screwed in Heaven and here on Earth. Been to many countries people, and America is still the best!!

StephenReal
StephenReal

The NSA should be swept for any more moles by the FBI. This is an agency that is clearly in distress.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Remember when major scandals like this, gets an open and transparent investigations. But under the most transparent president we have everything depends on the info they want release. Snowden in all probability was planted by the russians to spy on us but we will never know.

HelmyElsaid
HelmyElsaid

New secrets about password capture(Legal case at USA court against Obama,USA government,UN,vodafone company,Others=As my documents at : www.helmyelsaid.blogspot.com)

Botya666
Botya666

Social Engineering? No NSA does not know such stuff. Hacking basics for noobs.

DeanJackson
DeanJackson

Part I of II


The ABC article reads, "The civilian NSA worker told FBI investigators last June that he allowed Snowden to use an encrypted digital key known as a Public Key Infrastructure certificate to gain access to classified information on NSANet, the agency's computer network. The system connects into many of the NSA's classified databanks."


And those databanks are compartmentalized, meaning one needs passwords for each one! The password Snowden would have copied is useless without the others, meaning we're being lied to again.


This is simply a revised re-thread of Reuters' November 2013 story (see below), which itself is a ludicrous story for those who know anything about the intelligence community. This revised account attempts to lend greater plausibility to how Snowden accessed the varied intelligence files he's claimed to have pilfered. However, we still end up with the same problem for Snowden's incredible computer feats--compartmentalization; Snowden would have needed the passwords for each databank.


Ask yourself: How did Edward Snowden fly directly from Hawaii to COMMUNIST Hong Kong* without his passport being flagged by TSA computers, and TSA computers then failing to notify FBI Counterintelligence computers? Those holding Top Secret clearance can't travel to a Communist location UNLESS given permission to, and Snowden's arrival in Russia helped to increase Russia's prominence in the world (how did that happen!), while decreasing the prominence of the United States. Just what Moscow wanted, meaning we were snowed by the Snowden operation.


Recall last September Moscow ran with the Syrian chemical weapons' surrender initiative, where the United States wanted to bomb Syria into the stone age? Again, Russia came off playing the part of the  rational and mature nation, while the United States came off again playing the part of the unstable, rouge state, looking for any opportunity to attack nations it doesn't like.


This is the goal of Moscow & Allies, to isolate the United States by tasking Washington, DC to play the international bully with Nazi overtones; to date, over one-million civilians world-wide have been murdered via  the “War on Terror” operation Moscow & Allies assigned Washington, DC. 


For those unfamiliar with this subject, the "collapse" of the USSR in 1991 was a strategic ruse under the “Long-Range Policy" (LRP). What is the LRP, you ask? The LRP is the "new" strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960 to defeat the West with. The last major disinformation operation under the LRP was the "collapse" of the USSR in 1991. 


The next major disinformation operation under the LRP will be the fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government. When that occurs, Taiwan will be stymied from not joining the mainland. This is why China is buying up gold all over the word. It is believed that China currently has 3,000 [metric] tonnes of gold. When China has 6,000 [metric] tonnes it will have the minimum gold reserves necessary for its currency, the yuan, to replace the United States' dollar as the world's reserve currency, that is after the fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government (the United States gold reserves is approximately 8,133.5 [metric] tonnes).


Take a look at the following…


http://www.redstar.ru/


“Krasnaya Zvezda” is Russian (no kidding!) for "Red Star", the official newspaper of Soviet and later Russian Ministry of Defense. The paper's official designation is, "Central Organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense." Note the four Soviet emblems next to the still existing Soviet era masthead, one of which pictures Lenin's head, the man who removed the independent Russian nation from the map, supplanting it within the new nation called the USSR (the USSR being the nation that was to one day include all the nations of the Earth, incorporation taking place either by violent revolution or deception)! Those Soviet emblems and Lenin's head can't still be next to the masthead of the Russian Ministry of Defense's newspaper due to their association with the Soviet Union and its ideals of world revolution; the nations of 

the world constituting the Soviet Union!


The fraudulent "collapse" of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn't have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow & Allies, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan's favorite phrase, "Trust, but verify". Notice that not one political party in the West demanded verification, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the "alternative" media. When determining whether the "former" USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the "former" USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it's the fate of the West that's at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!


Soon, the Eurozone will collapse and Europe will join Russia in a new union, from the "Atlantic to Vladivostok". When this occurs two objectives will be met by Communist strategists, (1) the further isolation of the United States; and (2) the disbanding of NATO.


ClimbnPrana
ClimbnPrana

OMG! Snowden used "trickery"? Well that's it, no way I can see him as a hero, patriot, or whistleblower now.


(where's the snark font?)

JoeAmericanTime
JoeAmericanTime

When will they begin firing higher-ups in the NSA for misuse of funding? The bill of appropriation for the NSA clearly states that the funding is not to be used to violate the law...

FY13 Intelligence Authorization bill, S.3454

SEC. 301. RESTRICTION ON CONDUCT OF INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES.

      The authorization of appropriations by this Act shall not be deemed to constitute authority for the conduct of any intelligence activity which is not otherwise authorized by the Constitution or the laws of the United States.


BillJacoby
BillJacoby

Why hasn't the government taken legal action against the party obviously liable for Snowden's action--Booz Allen Hamilton?  Snowden was just their employee.  Management--Michael Hayden, for example--is responsible for supervision and discipline of their employees.  If he/they can't do the job, then the owners of the firm--The Carlyle Group, comprised of former top intelligence, defense, and political leaders--should make some changes at the executive level.  Otherwise, new government contracts might  be interrupted, along with their their government pensions and the bonuses they've earned by milking their relationships.  If they are so patriotic, why isn't it enough for them to get paid just once for their services?  Why are they being given this unique privilege of revolving in and out of government just long enough to make million-dollar increments to their government salaries, all for doing work almost exclusively for government?


Despite their almost exclusive reliance upon government work, Booz is considered a "privately held" company with limited disclosure obligations.  It must be useful tool for the Carlyle Group, which included members of the Bin Laden family up til and during 9/11, along with former Pres. Bush and cabinet members.  "Privately held" means never having to say you're sorry.


tsvskibum
tsvskibum

More evidence that Snowden is a creep and not a noble rebel

DeanJackson
DeanJackson

Part II of II


Now read these two revealing quotes from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Soviet minister of foreign affairs Eduard Shevardnadze, and what they have in mind for you in the near future:


"Editor's Note: The phrases 'From the Atlantic to the Urals', 'From the Atlantic to Vladivostok' and 'From Vancouver to Vladivostok' are interchangeable in the strategists' lexicon. In the course of his Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, delivered in Oslo in June 1992, Gorbachev said: 'Our [sic] vision of the European space from the Atlantic to the Urals is not that of a closed system. Since it includes the Soviet Union [sic], which reaches to the shores of the Pacific, it goes beyond nominal geographical boundaries'. Note that Gorbachev, who had been out of office for six months, referred to the Soviet Union, not Russia. In an interview on Moscow Television on 19 November 1991, Eduard Shevardnadze continued speaking as though he was still Soviet Foreign Minister: 'I think that the idea of a Common European Home, the building of a united Europe, and I would like to underline today, of great Europe, the building of Great Europe, great, united Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, from the Atlantic to Vladivostok, including all our territory, most probably a European-Asian space, this project is inevitable. I am sure that we will come to building a united military space as well. To say more precisely: we will build a united Europe, whose security will be based on the principles of collective security. Precisely, collective security'. These statements by key implementers of the strategy reflect the central strategic objective of asserting 'irreversible' Russian/Soviet hegemony over Eurasia, thus establishing the primary geographical component of the intended World Government."** -- 'The Perestroika Deception', by KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn


Other points of interest on the Edward Snowden operation…


Snowdon was extraordinary alright, but not in computer hacker skills. He was expert in mesmerism, getting anyone to give up their computer sign-in accounts and passwords, even though all new intelligence officers/contract intelligence employees are warned to never do so, and that no such requests will be made:


http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/08/net-us-usa-security-snowden-idUSBRE9A703020131108


The original account that Snowden was a hacker extraordinaire had to be revised because it's impossible to have accessed the varied compartmentalized classified data claimed to have been pilfered by Snowden, hacker extraordinaire or not; if one hacks into NSA computers, NSA computer security knows it immediately, and allows you access to a dummy files’ system to play with, allowing the agency enough time to track the source of the attempted hack! 


Of course, we then have the logs no-show! When any request is made on a computer, a log of the action is generated and saved. There are no NSA logs of Snowden's pilfering! And it's impossible to bypass a log, since a log doesn't exist UNTIL one performs a function on the computer, and then it's too late to bypass! As for deleting logs, well we're back to Snowden's mesmerizing again, this time mesmerizing people (he would have no contact with) to give up their computer sign-in accounts and passwords and the specific delete passwords for each type of compartmentalized data. Snowden would also need to know the correct procedures for deleting logs!


http://www.businessinsider.com/edward-snowden-covered-tracks-2013-8

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*"In mid-May, Snowden took a short leave of absence from his job at Booz Allen to return to the mainland, where, he told his supervisors, he was going to get treatment for epilepsy, a condition he'd been diagnosed with the year before. But instead, he took a direct flight to Hong Kong and, checking into the Mira, a $300-per-night boutique hotel overlooking Kowloon Park, made contact with Glenn Greenwald." --


http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/snowden-and-greenwald-the-men-who-leaked-the-secrets-20131204?page=4


** http://www.spiritoftruth.org/The_Perestroika_Deception.pdf





jmac
jmac

@JoeAmericanTime  When the Supreme Court, headed by the guy (John Roberts)  who appoints all FISA members, makes it a misuse of funding. 


Just yelling the word Constitution doesn't do much.   

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Denesius @ReneDemonteverde  My my my. Does not take much to set up firecrackers in your head. An innocent statement of opinion can set you moron hyperventilating. Idiot is as an idiot does. I am referring to you O Intelligent One.