No departures from NSA over Snowden affair
Deputy director says agency does not yet know how data protection safeguards failed
A protester holds a placard showing US president Barack Obama with the phrase “Yes we scan” during a demonstration against the National Security Agency and in support of Edward Snowden in Frankfurt. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.
The deputy director of the US National Security Agency said today that no one had been fired and no one had offered to resign over former security contractor Edward Snowden’s ability to take large amounts of classified data from agency computers.
“No one has offered to resign. Everyone is working hard to understand what happened,” Mr Inglis said.
Mr Snowden (30) was working at the National Security Agency as a contractor from Booz Allen Hamilton before he released details about the spying programs to US and British media that were published in early June.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the committee, questioned Mr Inglis sharply about how Mr Snowden had managed to take the data.
“I realise you have to have a considerable amount of trust. But don’t you have people double-checking what somebody’s doing?” he asked.
Mr Inglis said the NSA did not yet know how its safeguards had failed and expected to discover that “over weeks and months.”
“We don’t know yet where precisely they failed,” he said.