Snowden smuggled out data on thumb drive, officials say
Ken Dilanian, Richard A. Serrano and Michael A. MemoliWASHINGTON — Former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden used a computer thumb drive, a portable data storage device that is supposedly barred inside the spying agency, to smuggle highly classified documents out of an NSA facility in Hawaii, according to U.S. officials.
Investigators "know how many documents he downloaded and what server he took them from," said an official who would not be named discussing the investigation. Another official said experts were still trying to identify everything that Snowden apparently copied.
Confirmation of the thumb drive solved one of the central mysteries in the case: how Snowden, who worked only three months at the NSA outpost, physically removed so much classified material from a spy agency famous for strict security and hyper-secrecy.
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"Snowden smuggled out data on thumb drive, officials say", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 04/10/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/snowden-smuggled-out-data-on-thumb-drive-officials-say