Snowden has forced tighter security for intel techs: US National Security Agency
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former computer technican Edward Snowden's blowing the lid on the United States' surveillance of phone calls and Web traffic has forced a tightening of security on system operators like him, the National Security Agency (NSA) said on Sunday.
NSA director Keith Alexander said it is overhauling its operations to keep a closer watch on contractors like the fugitive Snowden, who had top security clearance and "stole some of our secrets".
Mr Alexander, interviewed on ABC television, was not asked about Snowden’s departure from his first haven Hong Kong for Moscow en route reportedly to a third nation.
Mr Alexander described Snowden as an NSA computer system adminstrator with top-secret security clearance who betrayed his nation by taking a trove of information from the NSA and fleeing from his base in Hawaii to Hong Kong.