Ex-CIA Agent Bitch-Slaps Snowden’s Spy Fantasies: ‘Computer Technician with a Walter Mitty Complex’…’Lacking Common Sense’Posted: May 31, 2014
Former CIA Agent: Snowden probably in contact with Russia Since 2007
For The Daily Caller, Giuseppe Macri writes: Distinguished former CIA officer and author Robert Baer said on the BBC’s “Today” radio program Thursday morning that ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been in contact with the Russian government for the last seven years.
“He was a systems administrator. When he worked for the CIA in Geneva he was a communicator. That means he sits in an office and relays messages. That’s not a spy.”
“My suspicion is that the Russians were probably in touch with him in Geneva,” Baer said, speculating they first made contact in 2007 while Snowden was stationed in Switzerland with the CIA. “I can’t prove it. But this was such a brilliant operation. And his landing in Moscow just makes old Cold War warriors like me very suspicious.”
“Secondly, the NSA doesn’t have spies overseas. It’s got technicians who sit in American embassies. They are not even analysts.”
Baer also dismissed Snowden’s assertion on his first U.S. television network interview with NBC’s Brian Williams Wednesday that he “was trained as a spy,” and described him as little more than a computer technician with a “Walter Mitty complex” lacking “common sense.”
“That’s silly. He wasn’t. He was a systems administrator. When he worked for the CIA in Geneva he was a communicator. That means he sits in an office and relays messages. That’s not a spy,” Baer said. “Secondly, the NSA doesn’t have spies overseas. It’s got technicians who sit in American embassies. They are not even analysts.”
Snowden, who was interviewed in a Moscow hotel, told Williams he had no regrets about leaking the thousands of classified documents detailing secret NSA bulk surveillance programs to journalists, and that he considered himself still in the service of his country by informing the public and launching a necessary debate about the proper balance between privacy and security.
“[I] feel comfortable that I’ve done the right thing even when it was the hard thing,” Snowden said. “I may have lost my ability to travel. But I’ve gained the ability to go to sleep at night.”
The former contractor, who could potentially face multiple federal espionage charges and 30 years in prison were he to return to the U.S., told Williams he’d like more than anything to come home, and hopes to work out some kind of a deal with the government to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.
Baer said brokering a deal over such a prolific intelligence leak could set a dangerous precedent, and lead to a “catastrophe” down the road…(read more)
- Snowden: I was a high-tech US spy (bbc.co.uk)
- Edward Snowden: Don’t call me a low-level hacker (legalinsurrection.com)
- Snowden blames State Department for ending up in Russia (hotair.com)
- White House to Investigate Inadvertent Naming of CIA Officer (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Kerry To Snowden: ‘Man Up And Come Back To The United States’ (dailycaller.com)
- Number of Emails From Snowden to the NSA Raising Concerns: One (punditfromanotherplanet.com)