NSA Contractor Arrested for Stealing 'Highly Classified' Codes

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

The FBI recently arrested an NSA contractor for allegedly stealing a secret code developed to “hack into the networks of foreign governments,” the New York Times reports, earning him or her instant comparisons to Edward Snowden—except Edward Snowden didn’t get caught.

According to the report, the man or woman at the center of the current investigation was arrested “in recent weeks” for allegedly stealing and disclosing (to whom remains unclear) “highly classified computer codes” used to hack foreign governments.

The details, and frankly rude comparison to Snowden, via the Times:

The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A. In 2013, Edward J. Snowden, who was also a contractor for the agency, took a vast trove of documents that were later passed to journalists, exposing N.S.A. surveillance programs in the United States and abroad.


Not that the NSA cares, insists the NSA—two “sources” tell the Times at least some of the information was “dated.”

Former Gawker news editor

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Maybe the government should stop relying so heavily on outside contractors? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯