Oct. 11, 2013
Officials with the CIA apparently suspected that Edward Snowden was trying to steal secret computer files while working in Geneva as an agency technician, but a negative report on his behavior did not prevent him from getting a job with the National Security Agency, The New York Times reported Friday.
As a result of the inaction on a report placed in his personnel file, Snowden ended up working as a contractor at an NSA facility in Hawaii, where he took classified files about the NSA’s Internet and telephone data collection programs and leaked them earlier this year to The Washington Post and The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
The report in Snowden’s CIA personnel file had noted a distinct change in his behavior and work habits, and also the suspicion that he was trying to break into classified computer files without authorization, according to the Times. But that document apparently never surfaced during the four years he worked for the NSA, where over time he engineered what some in the intelligence community have described as the worst intelligence breach in U.S. history.