I saw the following in Wall Street Journal. I do thin that it raises some interesting questions
Who Helped Snowden Steal State Secrets?
Mr. Snowden took that position so he could arrange to have published classified communications intelligence, as he told the South China Morning Post earlier this month. The point of Mr. Snowden's penetration was to get classified data from the NSA. He subsequently stated: "My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked, that is why I accepted that position."
The thing is.... Snowden presents himself as someone who was involved in things that he found unsavory... which ultimately compelled him to take the actions that he took.
But Snowden only worked for Booz Allne for 3 months. It does not seem to me that that is an adequate amount of time to experience the crisis of conscience and frustration that he describes. Also.... in his capacity as a computer administrator... his normal job would not inherently bring all of these things that "concern" him into his job experience. A computer system admin does works on technical problems that are arcane, but largely technical in nature. You do not get exposed to lots of content.... unless you are just plain curious and go out looking. It is as if you take your computer to a shop to get it repaired.... mostly the technician is not concerned with... and ethically should not go rummaging through your computer looking at all the files in the machine. But it appears that is exactly what Snowden did.... he treated his position as a 3 month research project
And that inclines me to think that he entered his position with an agenda to gather and expose information.
So (giving Snowden the benefit of the doubt) perhaps previous Snowden had previous experiences that were the basis for his frustration. Perhaps. But that is not how Snowden has presented himself and his story, is it? If a person wants to be a whistleblower and to promote transparency... why not be truthful, accurate, and transparent about what your story is? Why misrepresent yourself and your story?
Also, from his actions in drawing attention to himself, it appears to me that Snowden has unnecessarily put himself in the spotlight of attention... when he could have easily faded away into obscurity somewhere. If Snowden had simply become a beach bum in Hawaii, it would have been difficult to connect hhim to this leak. Instead, he seems to have chosen a path that really only makes a lot of sense if it is part of a broader plan/agenda.... where Snowden as a victim being pursued brings ongoing attention to the story.