Oh the outrage. The world is in a tizzy over the supposed leak of “Top Secret” information. But the story never added up. From the beginning. First, other than a few screen shots he provided, almost all of this information has been out in the blogosphere for well over a year. The Guardian says there is more to come. We shall see. If more to come was it from him? We have a guy who never got it together. High School drop out, military failure, three months on the job. William Binney, one of the original whistle-blowers, worked for the NSA for over thirty years before he resigned more than ten years ago over this very same story. Exactly the same information. For the Binney interview and the development of the Utah spy Center: NSA Utah spy center holds ribbon cutting ceremony-videos Two posts today.
Among the questions is how a contract employee at a distant NSA satellite office was able to obtain a copy of an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a highly classified document that would presumably be sealed from most employees and of little use to someone in his position.
A former senior NSA official said that the number of agency officials with access to such court orders is “maybe 30 or maybe 40. Not large numbers.”…
Here is NSA Gov Site with their spin on the Spy Center.
Other Sources: NY Times NSA Domestic Spying Center tells the tale of the mass surveillance of Americans. August 22, 2012.
And the girl friend? From the WH Dossier Snowden Left Beautiful Girlfriend in the Lurch
Yes, that’s Lindsay Mills, the gal Ed Snowden ditched so he could become the hero of telephone records. Apparently she’s a ballet trained, pole dancing fountain of pulchritude who blogs about her life at “L’s Journey,” which has either been overwhelmed by traffic or taken down.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit got a glimpse of the website before it went off-line, finding the latest post in which she says she’s now “without a compass.”
I gather Snowden took the compass so he could find his way to Hong Kong. (Alert: sound is very loud when playing clip)
The Guardian on Monday shares more about the young man who it says was behind last week’s leaks concerning National Security Agency programs that sweep up data on phone calls and Internet activity. It paints a portrait of a mediocre student with a GED degree who joined the Army in 2003, but was discharged after breaking his legs in a training accident. Snowden says he later wound up working with the CIA and then a contractor because he’s skilled at computer programming.
The Washington Post, which along with the Guardian published a report last week based on documents allegedly leaked by Snowden, adds that:
“With wire glasses, short, dark hair and a thin goatee, he maintains an academic look. Yet he never completed his coursework at a community college in Maryland, only later obtaining his GED — an unusually light education for someone who would advance in the intelligence ranks.