Snowden suspected of covering his digital trail, making it hard for NSA to know what he stole

  • Article by: ADAM GOLDMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government's efforts to determine which highly classified materials leaker Edward Snowden took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden's sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail by deleting or bypassing electronic logs, government officials told The Associated Press. Such logs would have showed what information Snowden viewed or downloaded.

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adliblogAug. 24, 1310:31 AM

IMHO those who passionately call Snowden a hero now will embarrassedly disown him later when news of him isn't so "cool." Yet those who currently denounce him as traitor have little recourse but to dispassionately wonder what his actions reveal about human character and what is a "crime" in America. Are there to be varying standards of what constitutes criminal behavior depending upon the level of IT skills a citizen possesses? We've already seen how the ability to use IT skills to defeat existing rules and safeguards of international banks and exchanges has yet to result in criminal prosecutions. We equivocate about it. If anything perpetrators are rewarded for their infractions when their employers pay the "fines" and continue their employment. Most of us know that the way to "get ahead" in the future is to possess more of the latest IT skills than the next person. So the character of the individual with the greatest hacking or programming skills becomes secondary to what they can show us about the "cutting edge" of what works in cyberspace. Parents wanting success for their children and themselves encourage such tendencies. But lucky the child, wherever he/she may fall on the Asberger spectrum, whose mentors instill in him/her some ability to ethically evaluate their own behavior beyond an assessment of "what works."

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Wally_99Aug. 24, 13 7:48 PM

He should be tried for treason and executed if brought back to this country.

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daytonsajokeAug. 25, 13 4:19 AM

I recall the ranting of the left against Bush when the Patriot Act became law. At least then we only listened to overseas calls. But they are suspiciously silent now that their master, Obama has expanded the act to listen in on Americans. Hypocritical? you bet

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capsule2Aug. 25, 13 6:59 AM

It seems America just can't handle any truth about itself. It will be our undoing. Go ahead and rail against Snowden, but I thank him for showing what our Govt. is doing to us.

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jdlellis1Aug. 25, 13 8:25 AM

Hopefully those who label him as a hero recognize how carefully he plotted lots of things and is not so innocent. Anarchy is a funny concept. The desire for a free for all may sound cool but gives little consideration to ethics, morals and values let alone the lives of others which may be compromised.

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DannDobsonAug. 25, 13 5:36 PM

The fact that the NSA can't even determine what Snowden downloaded, shows that the NSA has no control over its own data. Snowden is to be thanked for showing what this out of control Government is doing. Hopefully in the coming years there will be dozens more true heros like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, willing to expose how the government that is supposed to protect us, is actually the villain.

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