Date
18 December 2017
Edward Snowden said he lived and worked undercover overseas. Photo: Bloomberg
Edward Snowden said he lived and worked undercover overseas. Photo: Bloomberg

Spy vs spy: Snowden says he was a trained spook

He lived undercover, he operated under an assumed name and worked at all levels in the intelligence world.

Edward Snowden, the man who leaked a flood of classified material on US National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, insists he was trained as a spy and was not the low-level administrator that others have claimed, Time Magazine reported Tuesday.

In an interview with NBC, Snowden, now living in Russia after a brief spell in Hong Kong, said the United States has tried to minimize his role using one position he held “to distract from the totality of my experience”.

He said he worked “at all levels from — from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top.”

“So when they say … I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’d say it’s somewhat misleading,” Time quoted Snowden as saying.

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