And speaking tough — little Eddie Snowden has upped the ante, telling NBC‘s Brian Williams:
“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.”
(Illustration found here).
And Eddie continued:
“But I am a technical specialist. I am a technical expert,” he said.
“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.”
Snowden told Williams that those terms were “misleading.”
In the Defense Intelligence Agency job, Snowden said, he “developed sources and methods for keeping our information and people secure in the most hostile and dangerous environments around the world.”
“So when they say I’m a low-level systems administrator, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’d say it’s somewhat misleading,” he said.
Reportedly, the interview was conducted last week in Moscow.
Williams added the sit-down with Snowden was “…months in the making and cloaked in the secrecy of his life as a fugitive living in exile overseas.”
The interview is scheduled to air tonight.
Surfing the InterWebs, I couldn’t find much reaction as of yet to Snowden’s disclosures, except for the “trained as a spy” aspect.
The Washington Post does add some background:
That’s not all.
Glenn Greenwald, who helped boost the Guardian to a public-service Pulitzer Prize, showed up as well.
The result of all this on-the-sly travel will be a tripartite NBC News interview extravaganza: one session of several hours with Williams and Snowden, which will constitute the majority of the on-air presentation; one with Williams and Greenwald; and a third with Williams and both Snowden and Greenwald.
As opposed to conducting the interview, which he did previously with Snowden, Greenwald will be an interviewee in this go-round.
Some fireworks might be ignited today — spy vs deny.