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NSA Officials Still Baffled by Extent of Snowden Leak

by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams:

(Photo: bre pettis/ cc via Flickr)Officials have admitted that they may never know the full extent of the information downloaded by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the leak of which has sent the international community into a tailspin over the extent of U.S. government spying.

The NSA facility in Hawaii where Snowden worked “was not equipped with up-to-date software that allows the spy agency to monitor which corners of its vast computer landscape its employees are navigating at any given time,” the New York Times reported Saturday.

The Times continues:

Six months since the investigation began, officials said Mr. Snowden had further covered his tracks by logging into classified systems using the passwords of other security agency employees, as well as by hacking firewalls installed to limit access to certain parts of the system.

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