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NSA task force leader: Snowden took 'the keys to the kingdom'
FoxNews ^ | 12/16/2013

Posted on 12/16/2013 5:11:38 AM PST by RoosterRedux

The head of the National Security Agency task force assessing the effect of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said Sunday that Snowden took "the keys to the kingdom" when he left the U.S. earlier this year and was granted temporary asylum in Russia.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Ledgett said that Snowden had taken "an exhaustive list of the requirements that have been levied against-- against the National Security Agency. And what that gives is, what topics we're interested in, where our gaps are. But additional information about U.S. capabilities and U.S. gaps is provided as part of that."

Ledgett told CBS correspondent John Miller, himself a former employee of the office of the Director of National Intelligence, that he would not dispute an estimation that Snowden had taken 1.7 million documents from the NSA's hard drives, using his security clearance to get around measures that blocked off access for typical employees.

"He did something that we call scraping," Ledgett said. "Where he went out and just went-- used tools to scrape information from websites, and put it into a place where he could download it."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nsa; snowden

1 posted on 12/16/2013 5:11:38 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

He must have information on Obama. ‘Tis the season to share, Edward.


2 posted on 12/16/2013 5:13:35 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: RoosterRedux
Who would believe the NSA?

Who believes that their domestic info isn't being used by Bammy?

3 posted on 12/16/2013 5:14:53 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: txrefugee

Snowden, do not trust them

You see how they treated Israel, you see how they treated the folks in Benghazi

stay put


4 posted on 12/16/2013 5:15:24 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: RoosterRedux

I think Miller knows only what they want Miller to know. At this point, I believe Obama owns him. I did listen to him for a while...but now I think he’s just another Obama mouthpiece. In other words...he lies like the master.


5 posted on 12/16/2013 5:15:34 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: txrefugee

Best to hang onto it until the 2014 races are heatrd up. Maybe even until 2016, if Hitlery’s name is mentioned at all.


6 posted on 12/16/2013 5:17:54 AM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: RoosterRedux

Why should I believe anything these people say?


7 posted on 12/16/2013 5:18:05 AM PST by oblomov
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To: txrefugee

Tell me about it. I would be very interested to know if Mr. Snowden has any info in regards to the Kenyans place of birth.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 5:18:45 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: RoosterRedux

He stole the keys to the rat hole!

Face it, America. The CIA and the NSA are just left wing think tanks filled with fruitcakes and intellectual imbeciles.


9 posted on 12/16/2013 5:20:34 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: txrefugee

Or NSA gave away the keys. Obviously the system is broken. Give Bammy what a little of what he’s been giving us.


10 posted on 12/16/2013 5:20:44 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: RoosterRedux

This is sounding more and more like Al Capone and his accountant. At least the movie version in The Untouchables.

The bottom line is that the eventual reform of the NSA will have to include the basic concept that “the enemy is not the American people”. The axiom to this is the exception of Americans who deal with the enemy, which runs headlong into the socialist concept of internationalism.

But, that makes sense. If someone holds loyalty to internationalism, by definition, they are disloyal to their nation.

By spying on Americans who are nationalists, the NSA has betrayed its purpose. So it must discontinue to do so. Either they are for the United States, or by trying to control it, they are enemies of the United States.

And all their rationalizations justifying their voyeurism do not amount to a hill of beans compared to that.


11 posted on 12/16/2013 5:21:59 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
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To: RoosterRedux

I’m guessing the Russians and Chinese got access to this in exchange for arranging his asylum. Frankly, I’m surprised that Snowden hasn’t already ended up on a slab. Maybe the one thing keeping him alive is the NSA’s desire to find out all that he has leaked.

I also think the General is right. If you give Snowden amnesty, next time someone will be tempted to do it bigger.


12 posted on 12/16/2013 5:24:01 AM PST by rbg81
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To: RoosterRedux
"He did something that we call scraping," Ledgett said. "Where he went out and just went-- used tools to scrape information from websites, and put it into a place where he could download it."

NSA doesn't store their data on websites in HTML. So I have no idea what this means. Probably a misquote. Scraping data from NSA's files is most likely what he is referring to. That should be impossible. Apparently it isn't.

What is shocking to me is that this could happen to NSA. Anyone who has built a communications system for the military knows that the requirements include absolute security of the encryption, decryption, transmission and storage of the communication data. Naturally this has serious implications for the design of both the system hardware and software.

Guess who monitors that development and is the final judge of your design for accomplishing that task.

You guessed it: NSA

13 posted on 12/16/2013 5:29:08 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: RoosterRedux

At a minimum, Russia and China have copies of Snowden’s data.

Protecting Snowden will not change that.

He also has compatriots who are quite willing to go public with information, long into the future.


14 posted on 12/16/2013 5:29:38 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: RoosterRedux
Quit whining and get to the bottom of it. How did Snowden get his security clearance in the first place? If the U.S. government wasn't concentrating its intelligence agencies on partisan politics and instead, actually looking for the dangers it was originally formulated to look for, this never would have happened. These security agencies have become nothing more than security details for the politically elite, tasked with keeping them in power.
15 posted on 12/16/2013 5:30:53 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Love this quote by Alexander, “I think people have to be held accountable for their actions,” Alexander said. “Because what we don’t want is the next person to do the same thing, race off to Hong Kong and to Moscow with another set of data knowing they can strike the same deal.” Yea, but NSA is of course “above” all this accountability, right? Does the word hypocrite come to anyone’s mind?


16 posted on 12/16/2013 5:31:20 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: RoosterRedux

No, I think Obama took ‘the keys to the kingdom’. Obama more than Snowden has shown our security holes and weakness as a country.

What the hell does somebody like Valerie Jarrett have access to? We’re screwed. We expose our failures and weakness near daily now.

Obama stands next to a fella who doesn’t even know sign language and has been accused of murder. Our Secret Service seems to land in a scandal every couple of months.

David Petraeus left the CIA in shame and that mess exposed our military, too, with Gen. John Allen. McCain had his picture taken with terrorists— one that eats human body parts.

I think we look like a bunch of inept fools to the rest of the world.


17 posted on 12/16/2013 5:33:28 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: G Larry

I don’t believe for a minute that China has any of these files. And I believe Russia knew everything in those files before Snowden lifted them.


18 posted on 12/16/2013 5:36:29 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: InterceptPoint
What is shocking to me is that this could happen to NSA. Anyone who has built a communications system for the military knows that the requirements include absolute security of the encryption, decryption, transmission and storage of the communication data.

Not only all the things you mention, but another way to protect sensitive data is that it be shared only on a need-to-know basis. How did 20-something Snowden get access to such highly-classified data?

19 posted on 12/16/2013 5:49:01 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Paladin2
Who would believe the NSA? Who believes that their domestic info isn't being used by Bammy

Yes indeedie, after Bammy was caught using the IRS against conservative AMERICANS (his sworn enemy), who would believe anything coming out of this a$$hat's mouth or any of his 5,000,000 admin employees?
20 posted on 12/16/2013 5:51:32 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: RoosterRedux

If the contract employee “amateur” Snowden took them, then you must assume that the Russian and Chinese intelligence services already had them via other agents.


21 posted on 12/16/2013 6:41:02 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: InterceptPoint

“NSA doesn’t store their data on websites in HTML.”

Actually, they do. SharePoint is used within the NSA extensively. They also use web sites to host various data systems. They rely primarily on closed networks for security. Long gone are the days of closed and proprietary systems within the NSA.


22 posted on 12/16/2013 6:49:42 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Travis McGee

“If the contract employee “amateur” Snowden took them, then you must assume that the Russian and Chinese intelligence services already had them via other agents.”

Exactly. Our security procedures have been extremely lacking. If a junior network admin had access to that much information imagine what dedicated and professional spooks have had access to.


23 posted on 12/16/2013 6:51:37 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Lou L

“but another way to protect sensitive data is that it be shared only on a need-to-know basis. “

That no longer applies and hasn’t for years; it is supposed to, but it hasn’t. Data distribution has gone wild over the past 15 years. Everyone with access gets all the data they want. The NSA retired their long standing data security protocol about 10 years ago. The new protocols allow for unlimited access once clearance is established.


24 posted on 12/16/2013 6:54:25 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: CodeToad

The dog that didn’t bark.
That’s the one to ponder, not Snowden.


25 posted on 12/16/2013 7:09:50 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Sacajaweau

You may want to re-evaluate your basis for those conclusions.
They are both naive and ill informed.


26 posted on 12/16/2013 7:12:32 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: RoosterRedux

I read that 60 minutes interview with General Alexander. I’m still not buying most of his explanation. Snowden did the people of the US a big favor as far as I’m concerned.


27 posted on 12/16/2013 7:21:11 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: CodeToad
“NSA doesn’t store their data on websites in HTML.”

Actually, they do. SharePoint is used within the NSA extensively. They also use web sites to host various data systems. They rely primarily on closed networks for security. Long gone are the days of closed and proprietary systems within the NSA.

How do you properly spell YIKES!!!!!? To me this is stunning news. SharePoint? Double YIKES!!!!!.

Thanks for this clarification.

28 posted on 12/16/2013 7:35:29 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: InterceptPoint

Yeah, anyone that knows SharePoint got a cold shiver reading that.


29 posted on 12/16/2013 7:36:56 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: InterceptPoint

Most likely explanation, Microsoft. Snowden was a Windows AD administrator with Global rights, one of the things most people don’t understand when setting up security is that Domain Admins have full control of every file and computer in the domain. Pretty easy to script a program to grab documents, spreadsheets, PDF’s and powerpoint files off of a file server and copy them to somewhere else.


30 posted on 12/16/2013 9:53:44 AM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: G Larry
At a minimum, Russia and China have copies of Snowden’s data.

Yes, but the important thing to the NSA and the rest of the powers that be, is that not all the data has made it to the American people yet. That has to be prevented at all costs.

31 posted on 12/16/2013 10:53:32 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: CodeToad
Yeah, anyone that knows SharePoint got a cold shiver reading that.

Sharepoint: where perfectly good information goes to die.

32 posted on 12/16/2013 10:58:56 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: zeugma

GravePoint, is what I call it. A write-once-never-read system.


33 posted on 12/16/2013 11:10:57 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: CodeToad
GravePoint, is what I call it. A write-once-never-read system.

HA! I may have to steal that. I can't believe how many folks use it. I can never find anything in sharepoint.

34 posted on 12/16/2013 1:01:34 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: zeugma

It is only as good as the people using it...kind of tells you how dumb so many people really are!


35 posted on 12/16/2013 1:44:33 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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