Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked critical details of classified government documents to several media outlets, says that racy photos were often shared among members of the United States military working at the spy agency. The racy photos NSA scandal was detailed in an interview Snowden did with The Guardian recently. A July 20 report from The New York Times explained that Snowden said that some of the military personnel working on agency programs did not always respect the privacy of those whose communications were intercepted.
“In the course of their daily work they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work, for example an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation but they’re extremely attractive,” Snowden said.
“So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and they show a co-worker. And their co-worker says: ‘Oh, hey, that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.”
Snowden also discussed the impact of poor auditing systems within the NSA. He claimed many people sifting through monitored communications were 18 to 22 years old and suddenly put in a position of extraordinary responsibility that was sometimes abused, TIME wrote.
Snowden said during the interview that he is happy in Russia and he feels good living without an "oppressive surveillance" life. He also said he would return to the United States only if there is a possibility of a fair trial.
Although he did not state what type of work he is currently doing, he hinted that it has nothing to do with the Russian intelligence community.
“If the [US] government had the tiniest indication — the tiniest shred of evidence that, not even that I was working for the Russian government, that I was associating with the Russian government — it would be on the front page of the New York Times by lunchtime,” Snowden emphasized.