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Edward Snowden: NSA workers are sharing nude photos of American citizens

A protester stands behind a banner featuring the face of former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden during the Stop Watching Us Rally protesting surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency, on October 26, 2013
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You might want to reconsider the next time you "sext" a nude photo of yourself to your partner. New information suggests that National Security Agency workers could be passing around those very photos.

During an interview with "The Guardian," former government contractor and NSA whistle-blower, Edward Snowden said he witnessed NSA employees sharing "sexually compromising" photos with each.

"Now in the course of their daily work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sense. For example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation, but they’re extremely attractive.

So what do they do? They turn around and they show their coworker. And their coworker says ‘Oh hey, that’s great. Show it to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom, and sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people."

Snowden continued, noting that no one ever reports what is going on because the auditing of the systems is "weak."

"It’s never reported, no one ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak. The fact that your private records, your private lives, records of your intimate moments have been taken from your private communication stream, from your intended recipient, by the government without any specific need, is a violation of your rights."

The newest revelation by Snowden comes during a time where the growing suspicion of the American people over the NSA and government is increasing. The NSA responded to Snowden's claim, but didn't give a clear answer on the validity of his statement. Snowden is currently under asylum in Russian where his is seeking an extension.

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