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Snowden used password from NSA co-worker: report

Published on Feb 14, 2014 1:16 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A civilian employee at the National Security Agency has been disciplined after admitting he gave intelligence leaker Edward Snowden his personal encryption details, NBC News reported Thursday.

The employee was among three workers at the NSA who have been sanctioned after being "implicated" in the unprecedented security breach that allowed Mr Snowden to leak a trove of classified documents, according to a memo to lawmakers cited by NBC.

The civilian employee told FBI agents that he provided Mr Snowden with his personal encryption information but was "not aware" the IT contractor planned to divulge secret files to the media, according the the NSA memorandum.

The civilian, who was not named, has been stripped of his security clearance and recently resigned, it said. The spy agency memo says that the civilian employee shared with Mr Snowden his "public key infrastructure certificate" details, part of an elaborate security system designed to safeguard intelligence computer networks.

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