The infamous NSA whistleblower currently seeking political asylum in Russia, Edward Snowden, is leaking new intelligence to NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams. The one-hour interview, Snowden's first with a U.S. television network, will air at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
In an excerpt that aired Tuesday night, the document leaker says he trained as a spy. Claiming to be 007 is not unfathomable, considering he worked his way into the most secretive computers in U.S. intelligence. Perhaps, Snowden was more than just a defense contractor, and by using NBC as a platform, he can defend his intelligence career.
“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," Snowden told NBC.
Snowden also reveals to Williams that he worked undercover for the CIA, NSA, and Defense Intelligence Agency. Snowden also says the government is misleading when labeling him as a low-level systems administrator.
“Now, the government might deny these things,” Snowden told NBC. “But what they're trying to do is they're trying to use one position that I've had in a career, here or there, to distract from the totality of my experience.”
Williams conducted the interview in Moscow, where Snowden fled last summer to avoid prosecution in the U.S. on espionage charges. Snowden’s leak of classified document on U.S. surveillance programs sparked a national debate about privacy and security. While President Barack Obama and military officials remain supportive of mass surveillance, technology companies and civil libertarians oppose the lack of transparency.
Question fugitive’s employment history tonight on WESH-Channel 2 and determine if Snowden was merely a hacker or a runaway James Bond.