NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hits back at the Obama administration for stating that he was merely a low-level hacker and has claimed that he worked undercover for both the CIA and the National Security Agency.
‘I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas – pretending to work in a job that I’m not – and even being assigned a name that was not mine,’ he told NBC News in his first interview with a U.S. TV network.
In his first ever interview with a U.S. TV network, the Moscow-based NSA whistlebower said many of the terms used by the Obama administration to describe him were ‘misleading’
NBC says that Williams’ full interview with Snowden will air tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
‘I don’t work with people. I don’t recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I’ve done that at all levels from – from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top,’ he told NBC’s Brian Williams.
After leaving the government, Snowden continued his intelligence work for the NSA as a private contractor, including stints in Japan and Hawaii.
While in the Aloha State he downloaded an estimated 1.7 million files before fleeing first to Hong Kong and then to Moscow.
He has been charged with espionage and had his U.S. passport revoked.