There is a lot of drivel in the news lately about Edward Snowden. The generally mindless crew now described as "journalists" say whatever comes into their heads and then compliment each other on their "wisdom." They get paid for this?
One of the sillier things being said is that because Snowden was a minor employee of Booz, Allen, he should not have had access to so much classified information.
Well, folks, large systems like the surveillance systems now under discussion require a lot of employees to make them work. Generals and admirals and cabinet secretaries do not operate the systems. "Little people" like Snowden operate them. That means that all that material passes through channels visible to them.
It is axiomatic in the clandestine operations business that it is better to recruit a clerk than it is to recruit a field marshal if the clerk has the access needed. Generals attract too much attention.
Remember Igor Guzenko? pl