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Edward Snowden discloses he was trained as a spy, not an analyst

Edward Snowden says he was trained as a spy by the United States government, despite typically being referred to as a contractor or analyst.

Published Wed, May 28 2014 10:40 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says he was trained as a spy and worked for the NSA, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Defense Intelligence Agency during his tenure as a government computer specialist. Snowden is currently stranded in Russia, despite his desire to try and fly to South America, before his passport was revoked.

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Meanwhile, Snowden's name continues to appear regularly in the headlines, and he remains a polarizing figure. U.S. politicians still want Snowden to answer for his actions - and while he could be working for the Russian FSB - it's doubtful he'll return to the United States anytime soon.

"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 said in a recent interview. "Now, the government might deny these things. They might frame it in certain ways, and say, oh, well, you know, he's a low-level analyst."

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