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Snowden persuaded more than 20 NSA workers to give up passwords

(Reuters) - Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.

A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments, said a source close to several U.S. government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks.

Snowden may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers at the NSA regional operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by telling them they were needed for him to do his job as a computer systems administrator, a second source said.

The revelation is the latest to indicate that inadequate security measures at the NSA played a significant role in the worst breach of classified data in the super-secret eavesdropping agency's 61-year history.

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egapele's picture

"may have pursuaded"


I call bull.

Garan's picture

Complete Contradiction of This Current DP Post

Forbes: An NSA Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: 'A Genius Among Geniuses'


Incompetence more likely

Yea, if he was an admin, he would have no need to trick anyone.
However, I would be willing to bet that they only had basic "security" where the password was "password" or they didnt even have any passwords.

When I worked at a government site(for a private company). They had a couple buildings and one had a regular network and the other had a secret network.(or maybe it was top secret; both were wireless) The secret network WAS NOT protected in any way shape or form. It was rediculous. They basically had it open and anyone with a device could connect to it.
They couldnt be assed to even take basic security seriously by putting a simple password on that network and it still pisses me off. Instead of using a basic password, they took the assinine step of deciding to ban anyone from bringing their own devices there. No one was ever checked though and people had plenty of time by themselves. The only thing achieved was to make the place boring as all hell and not any more secure. Hell, it probably made it less secure.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.


This NAS trying to criminalize Snowden to cover their own follies.

NSA is incompetent and survives by extortion.

Free includes debt-free!


Inigo Montoya... "You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

You're killin' me! LOL


Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry



I actually don't believe

I actually don't believe this. This smacks of PR by gov't to make his actions not only look a bit more shady but to show that the NSA wasn't so inept.

They need to put their resources into figuring out how to be honest and transparent.

I don't believe it either,

but probably for different reasons...this is a push from the Right, next there will be a blow from the Left (probably The Guardian ) and on it will go, Left Right, Right Left...all the way to the UN, and hey presto! next the UN will be in charge of a 2 billion dollar, US tax payer funded spy center in Utah. If you think that the US government spy program is bad, wait until the UN spy and internet control and censorship era kicks in.
Quote from Stalin..."We will sell them the rope they will hang themselves with"
Communism is selling you the Snowden/Greenwald rope.


It's hard to evaluate anything these days. Who knows what's behind it. The Snowden story seems too crazy to be true but I'm not sure.

That Stalin quote was very interesting btw. Making us pay for what will ultimately kill us is definitely "part of the program". We paid for the Utah spy center after all. Many other things as well

I agree. As a sys admin he

I agree. As a sys admin he likely had under the cover access to much more than the their security "experts" thought he had.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

That is exactly what I was

That is exactly what I was thinking. Why would he need to trick his colleagues out of their passwords...he likely had easier or direct routes to the info ...like looking it up directly. If Bradley manning had access to so many docs in his capacity, I'm sure Snowden had plenty of access to all kinds of stuff since he was privy to the system.

Just Look At Obamacare

As evidenced by the rollout of the Obamacare site, I doubt that there was a need for any passwords.

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

So Snowden lied,

to his co workers and maybe cost them their jobs and incomes, but that was OK because he is the good guy, and it was for the greater good?
Of course if anyone in Government lies, and costs people their jobs, they are just the scum of the earth and complete bastards, because they are the bad guys.
If this story is true, and Snowdens co workers didn't give the pass words of their own free will, how does that sit with liberty?

couldn't think of a most ludicris topic to consider

Love the moles. Why are you here?

Chances of him getting 1 overpaid contractor to give a password = highly suspicious. Chances of him getting 20... make you suspicious for posing the question.

I'm here because I love the message

of Dr Paul, mostly about Peace and Liberty.
I'm here because I loath the UN, and its Progressive (on steroids) Agenda.
None of the stories about Snowden have to be true,from which ever "news" source they come from, they just have to stir the masses and keep them distracted, and make other countries feel threatened by the US spy program for them to call on the UN to monitor it all. Putin has already done so. Germany has hinted it.
I'm here because the UN is the END GAME, the One World Government, the New World Order....and I do not want that for my children, my grand children, my great grand children.
Why are you here?

Garan's picture

Thanks for the reminder.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Snowden lied to his co -workers

So not only is Snowden a theif, but a liar, with MSM to tell us what most already knew, and the rest frankly didn't give a damn if they weren't happy to know they were tracked, "spied on".

My guess the Global Security Act will replace the National Security Act before you can say, "President Paul!"

That's like

asking what I'd feel if everyone at the ATF got laid off.

Same answer applies here: nothing.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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Good Job Snowden. Salute!

Finally someone who thinks for themselves and isn't just a robot who goes along just to get along.

Snowden took his oath seriously to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC!!

Domestic Terrorists are real, They are the ones driving the policies of the shadow government.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

and without violence, so it

and without violence, so it can be done......but i dont expect, them, not to eventually use it in the face of defiance to their actions

Long live Edward Snowden!

Long live Edward Snowden!

Gilligan's picture



Google is government.

Damn Straight...

I just hope he is able to live a happy and safe life after he's done blowing that whistle... He has a lot of enemies that's for sure.