We all knew there was something fishy about Ed Snowden, the Booz-Allen employee contracted to the NSA who turned over secret documents to Glen Greenwald and the Guardian this last weekend. We could tell his story stank when we heard it as far as his military career went. Now it seems that more journalists are looking into him and the fantasy that he wrapped himself in. To begin with, he told the Guardian that he was hired with a $200k/year salary. It seems that he made about $80k less, not that he worked long enough to collect much of it – he’d only worked there for 3 months before he took off for Hong Kong, leaving his acrobat/poledancer girlfriend to fend for herself in Hawaii.
Some of his friends are saying that he’d been planning to leak this stuff months before he even took the job. Like he had an agenda. Not remarkable for someone who supported Ron Paul in each of the last two Presidential elections.
Snowden, in his interview, said that he had the ability to wiretap anyone he wanted, including the president. That turns out to not be true;
That claim is “absolutely outrageous,” former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden tells The Daily Beast. Snowden “was not a collector,” and no low-ranking contractor like him would have the authority to access anyone’s phone calls or read anybody’s emails.
Robert Deitz, a former top lawyer at the NSA and CIA, agrees that Snowden’s boast is a “complete and utter” falsehood. “First of all it’s illegal,” he tells the Los Angeles Times. “There is enormous oversight. They have keystroke auditing. There are, from time to time, cases in which some analyst is [angry] at his ex-wife and looks at the wrong thing and he is caught and fired.”
Also in the interview, Snowden claimed that he was willing to pay the price for his treachery, but since he’s gone underground and into hiding somewhere in Hong Kong, I guess he’s less willing than the figure he wanted to cut in the pages of the press.
Some folks are questioning his résumé;
Several former CIA officials tell The Washington Post that it seems unlikely that the agency would hire somebody without a high school diploma, especially for a technical job, “and that the terms Snowden used to describe his agency positions did not match internal job descriptions,” The Post says.
According to The Editor, the Washington Post has been quietly editing their story that was first presented as details have emerged when people do the research on the messenger that the Post should have done in the first place;
Gellman declined to publish so quickly, and sought comment from the government. In response, Gellman writes, Snowden approached the Guardian to publish that PowerPoint. Upon learning this, Gellman and the Washington Post accelerated their publication process to try to avoid being scooped. Both papers, in their rush, wound up printing misleading stories about PRISM.
As I’ve written countless times in these pages, people who embellish their military careers are usually guilty of something else, too. It’s just a symptom of the overarching mental disorder. They’re sociopaths and detecting their military lies will reveal deeper problems.