Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Snowden: I Was an Undercover US Spy

The question that must be asked is: Why is Edward Snowden disclosing this now? I don't have the answer, but rest assured it is a strategic move and not being done on a whim.

He said in a TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for U.S. government agencies.

In an advance excerpt of his interview in Moscow with “NBC Nightly News” that aired on Tuesday, Snowden rejected comments by critics that he was a low-level analyst.

“Well, it’s no secret that the U.S. tends to get more and better intelligence out of computers nowadays than they do out of people,” Snowden told NBC news anchor Brian Williams.

“I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas – pretending to work in a job that I’m not – and even being assigned a name that was not mine.”
Describing himself as a “technical expert,” Snowden said: “I don’t work with people. I don’t recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I’ve done that at all levels from – from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top.”

He said he worked undercover overseas for both the CIA and NSA and lectured at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy “where I developed sources and methods for keeping our information and people secure in the most hostile and dangerous environments around the world.”

“So when they (critics) say I’m a low-level systems administrator, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’d say it’s somewhat misleading,” Snowden added.

(via NyPo)


  1. Bob, this isn't new info. Snowden has often said his spying adventures were one of the reasons he blew the whistle on the NSA. He said that the sheer evil of the tactics he saw being used prompted him.

    1. Indeed, it's been publicly known that he worked undercover in Geneva since at least mid-last-year.

  2. *cue cheezy theme music* It's Snowden! He's a supa-spy!

    Really? What's misleading is someone claiming to be something he's not, nor ever was. He may have worked on those contracts, but I don't believe for a second that he was anything other than an errand boy. Now he's enjoying his time in the spotlight, trying to get his foot in the door in God knows what devilish organization, so he's becoming bolder in his proclamations. Sorry, but I don't buy it. This guy is on someone's payroll for one thing and one thing only: hang him out there and see who bites.

    1. You sound like the usual NeoCon hyperpatriotic idiot. I guess you don't believe Snowden's claims but instead choose to believe a government that lies to you, steals from you and mass murders foreigners at the drop of a hat, as well as assassinating American citizens without any due process or legal justification, because El Presidente says so.

      Whether or not Snowden is telling the truth, flag waving jerks like you are abjectly pathetic. Your desperate need to believe in a corrupt and evil American Police State identifies you as just another craven sycophant of a truly evil ruling class. Compared to your ilk, Snowden comes off looking pretty good.

    2. That's a nice strawman you have there, Anon @1:27.

    3. No, anon 127pm is right. Snowden has been forthright about everything and no contradiction has been noted. You're the one building a straw man.