Edward Snowden in a Moscow airport.

At left, Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks. Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch Edward Snowden’s superiors at the CIA suspected in 2009 that he “was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access,” the New York Times reported yesterday. The agency then “decided to send him home” from his job as a technician in Geneva. Snowden’s supervisor noted the suspicion in a “derogatory report in his personnel file” that also noted “a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits.” Snowden then became a contractor for the National Security Agency, but “the supervisor’s cautionary note and the CIA’s suspicions apparently were not forwarded to the NSA or its contractors.” They only came to light after Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents.     

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