Being Snowed About Snowden

edward.snowden.thumbSomething doesn't add up. If the UK Guardian article about National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden is to be believed, this young man has been on the NSA's secret hyper track.

Mr. Snowden has lived quite the life the last 10 years. 

Mr. Snowden is currently 29 years old. In the article we learn that by age 20 (at the latest), Mr. Snowden had dropped out of high school, "attended a community college in Maryland, studying computing, but never completed the coursework." He eventually completed his GED.

By no later than his 20th birthday he enlisted in the Army and begins "a training program to join the Special Forces," but is discharged from the Army after breaking both legs in a training accident.

Next on the Pathway to High Performance, Mr. Snowden gets his first job at an NSA facility "as a security guard for one of the agency's covert facilities at the University of Maryland." One wonders why the NSA has a covert facility at an American university, but that's a topic for another blog post.

The article then says he "went to the CIA, where he worked on IT security." How did he get such an important job in his early 20's? Well, it seems that he had an exceptional "understanding of the internet," not to mention a "talent for computer programming."

All of this resulted in Mr. Snowden rising "fairly quickly for someone who lacked even a high school diploma."

Indeed! Oh but wait! It gets better.

At the ripe old age of 23 or 24 years of age, the CIA stations Mr. Snowden "with diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland." This job gave him the vital "responsibility for maintaining computer network security" and a security clearance. This clearance gained him access to "a wide range of classified documents."

How convenient!

This story is almost too unbelievable for even Alex Jones...