In response to the "low level analyst" claims, Snowden said the government is "trying to use one position that I've had in a career here or there to distract from the totality of my experience." He then detailed his background, saying that he'd worked for the NSA and the CIA overseas, and worked for the DIA as a lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy.
Snowden did indicate that he worked primarily with computer systems, and not with people, but he said it was "somewhat misleading" to classify him as a "low level analyst."
The full interview with Brian Williams aired on "NBC Nightly News" on May 28th, at 10:00 pm EST, 7:00 pm PST.
- The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI (Betty Medsger, illustrated, 596 pp., Alfred A. Knopf)
- No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (Glenn Greenwald, 259 pp., Metropolitan Books)