My jaw dropped when I heard this news: it’s such a gross violation of basic security procedures that someone, somewhere, really should be fired if this is indeed what happened. No, that Snowden was working for a contractor doesn’t cut it either. This is simply an appalling error. The point is really quite simple: no one should ever have access to any information higher than that which they are cleared for. But apparently the NSA allows the systems administrators access to all information, according to British tech news site The Register: For example, the NSA policy prevents a typical worker from doing things like copying files to USB thumb drives or other external storage. But Snowden had an easy way around those restrictions, simply by virtue of being classified as a “systems administrator”.
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