According to an unclassified NSA memo obtained from NBC, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden gained access to confidential files by stealing one of his co-worker’s passwords. That co-worker redesigned after he was stripped of security clearance.
The report also indicates that a member of the U.S. military and a contractor were barred from accessing the National Security Agency facilities after being connected to actions that may have helped Snowden. Their status is currently being reviewed. The civilian NSA employee inputted his password into Snowden’s computer at his request, according to the member that was sent to members of Congress.
“Unbeknownst to the civilian, Mr. Snowden was able to capture the password, allowing him even greater access to classified information,” stated the memo. The memo was signed by NSA’s director of legislative affairs Ethan Bauman.
Even though the civilian was unaware that Snowden was intending to unlawfully disclosed classified information, the memo says that his employee security clearance was revoked in November because he failed to comply with security obligations.
The memo was sent to congressional intelligence and judiciary committee after Congress members demanded to know whether the NSA was disciplining any of their employees that were connected to Snowden’s leak of sensitive documents. It is believed that as many as 20-25 workers at an NSA base in Hawaii may have given their login credentials to Snowden, which allowed them to obtain some of the documents and leak them to the media. These employees were identified, questioned, and removed from assignments, according to Reuters.