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Snowden culled NSA files while working for Dell

Updated: 2013-08-17 08:28
By Mark Hosenball in Washington ( China Daily)

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the US government's electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to US officials and other sources familiar with the matter.

Snowden, who was granted a year's asylum by Russia on Aug 1, worked for Dell from 2009 until earlier this year, when he was assigned as a contractor to US National Security Agency facilities in the US and Japan.

Snowden downloaded information while employed by Dell about eavesdropping programs run by the NSA and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, and left an electronic footprint indicating when he accessed the documents, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Snowden culled NSA files while working for Dell