Feds Mishandled NSA Leaker’s Background Check

Edward Snowden / AP

Edward Snowden / AP


A  federal review revealed that the U.S. government bungled NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s most recent background check, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Investigators missed key information in Snowden’s last background check, including a security violation and his employment with the Central Intelligence Agency. Furthermore, Background checkers did not collect significant information from anyone other than Snowden’s mother and girlfriend.

The Journal reported:

National Counterintelligence Executive Frank Montoya Jr., who led the review, said the 2011 background check by a private contractor “did not present a comprehensive picture of Mr. Snowden,” according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

None of the individual errors identified by Mr. Montoya, a senior official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, suggest the background check missed red flags, but together they depict an incomplete process that, if conducted properly, might have limited Mr. Snowden’s career ambitions.