NSA To Congress: Snowden Copied Co-Worker Password

FILE - In this Oct. 29,2013 file photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clapper is declassifying more documents that show how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists. Clapper explains in a statement on Dec. 21 that President George W. Bush first authorized the spying as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, just after the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 29,2013 file photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clapper is declassifying more documents that show how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists. Clapper explains in a statement on Dec. 21 that President George W. Bush first authorized the spying as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, just after the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON  -- The National Security Agency is telling Congress that former NSA analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified files by copying a password from a co-worker who has now resigned.

The unnamed civilian employee resigned last month after the government revoked his security clearance, according to a letter to the House Judiciary Committee.

Snowden has denied in interviews that he stole computer passwords or tricked some co-workers into giving him their passwords. But the NSA letter suggests that Snowden tricked at least one of them and copied his password without the co-worker's knowledge.

The head of U.S. intelligence, James Clapper, told senators this week that Snowden's access to so many classified files has accelerated plans to tighten clearance procedures and monitoring on government computers.

BY STEPHEN BRAUN - Feb 13, 11:10 AM ESTAP

 
 

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