The administration, though, would rather marginalize Snowden, a former National Security Agency systems analyst who is thought to have custody of more classified documents.
“Calling him a hacker, as opposed to a government contractor or an NSA employee, brings him down a notch to someone who’s an irritant, as opposed to someone who has access to integral intelligence files,” Pauker said. “To externalize him and brand him with a black-hat hacker tag distances him from the government.”
The disdainful talk isn’t just coming from the White House.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called Snowden “a high school dropout who had a whole series of both academic troubles and employment troubles” after a recent closed hearing on the leaks. The committee’s top Democrat, C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger from Maryland, called Snowden “a legend in his own mind” for claiming to be able to use NSA systems to access any email or phone call anywhere — something the NSA’s director has said can’t be done.
In fact if you had kept quiet about it from the
git-mo git-go you wouldn’t have walk it back now. But you wanted to be somebody instead of getting something done. Calling him a ‘hacker’ only conveys a lack of erudition with the English language. He didn’t ‘hack’ anything except his job interview, and that was social engineering done right, as opposed to your efforts to walk back your over reaction.
Not bad for a high school drop out. Perhaps education isn’t synonymous with intelligence, anymore than national security is.