[ISN] NSA reveals how Snowden accessed secret Prism files

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240205710/NSA-reveals-how-Snowden-accessed-secret-Prism-files By Warwick Ashford ComputerWeekly.com 19 September 2013 Prism internet surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden accessed the secret documents in a file-sharing location, US National Security Agency (NSA) officials have revealed. The file-sharing location had been set up on the NSA’s intranet to enable NSA analysts and officials to read and discuss them, government officials told NPR news. Such file-sharing locations were set up after it was revealed that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” before the 9/11 attacks in 2001 because they were unaware of what other agencies knew. Snowden’s top secret clearance required to do his job as an IT systems administrator enabled him to access memoranda, presentations, reports, court orders and opinions related to Prism. As part of his job, Snowden was required to move especially sensitive documents to a more secure location, which the officials said was the perfect cover. […]