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Snowden used passwords of NSA workers to get classified data

Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.

world Updated: Nov 09, 2013 02:04 IST
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Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.

A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments, said a source close to several US government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks. Snowden may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers at the NSA regional operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by telling them they were needed for him to do his job as a computer systems administrator, a source said.

It is not clear what rules employees broke by giving Snowden passwords, which allowed him access to data that he was not authorised to see.

The White House is considering a proposal to split the work of the single military commander who now oversees both the NSA and cybersecurity operations.