Kim – I think the Snowden hiring is the tip of the iceberg. If Booz Allen & the NSA are sloppy in their hiring practices (forgetting the conspiracy theories for now), think about the breadth of the Federal government's contractor population and it's surprising there aren't more "problems."
Barbara, if anything it's a bigger problem. Snowden presents himself as a concerned citizen, and maybe that's exactly what he is--but how hard would it be for an actual enemy to infiltrate a contractor like Booz Allen?
Not my theory, Barbara, but there's plenty of speculation online (crazy? who knows?). He was a former CIA operative. He seems to have walked into a very high level position at Booz with little trouble, and to have collected all kinds of secret data, within three months, again with very little trouble.
The motive suggested is that the CIA wants to discredit the NSA.
I don't subscribe to this theory, but it would explain a few things.
On the other hand, he might have effectively been placed in the position by the CIA, along with all assurances. In which case, we'd have to stop blaming Booz Allen, and wonder what more devious game was being played.
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