Snowden Says NSA Employees Pass Around Nude Photos

Edward Snowden livestreaming into an ACLU panel at South by Southwest earlier this year. (Livestream)
Edward Snowden livestreaming into an ACLU panel at South by Southwest earlier this year. (Livestream)

Sharing sexts sucked up by surveillance programs is seen as a “fringe benefit” for National Security Agency employees, former contractor Edward Snowden said in a video interview posted by the Guardian Thursday:

You’ve got young enlisted guys, 18-22 years old. They’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records. During the course of their daily work they stumble upon something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense — for example, an intimate nude photo of someone of in a sexually compromising situation, but they’re extremely attractive. So what they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker — and their co-workers says ‘hey, that’s great, send it to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends to George, George sends it to Tom, and sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people.

Snowden says he personally saw instances of such happening, saying “it’s routine enough” although the actual frequency depended on the company one kept within the agency.

He also claimed such privacy violations went unnoticed by oversight authorities. “It’s never reported, no one ever knows about it because the auditing is so weak,” he said.

Snowden even used himself as an example of the weakness of NSA auditing processes. “A 29-year-old walked in and out of the NSA with all of their private records. What does that say about their auditing?”

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SOURCE: The Washington Post
Andrea Peterson

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