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  •  Sounds reasonable (2+ / 0-)
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    But just what was it in Snowden's background that should have raised questions?  I haven't heard of any problems.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 12:26:22 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure, but this "Gov. Exec.... (1+ / 0-)
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      article comments that:  

      ...An official review by National Counterintelligence Executive Frank Montoya Jr. found that U.S. Investigations Services, during its 2011 background check, “did not present a comprehensive picture of Mr. Snowden” because it failed to interview a sufficient number of contacts and didn't raise potential concerns. The check did not, for example, verify Snowden’s previous work for the CIA, the Journal wrote.
      More specifics from the cited  WSJ article:
      ...The background checkers failed to verify Mr. Snowden's account of a past security violation and his work for the Central Intelligence Agency, they didn't thoroughly probe an apparent trip to India that he had failed to report, and they didn't get significant information from anyone who knew him beyond his mother and girlfriend, according to the review...
      Gogovt website has info about government security clearances:  
      ...For a secret clearance in a national security position, the investigation requires agents to interview people who have lived or worked with the candidate at some point in the last seven (or more) years....

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