Many funny things come out of Washington. This week with the Leak of NSA programs I’ve heard a few pundits, congressmen and administration officials say that they didn’t think Snowden would have access to the information he’s talking about. Now I’ve seen Snowden’s job described a System Administrator (SA). If Snowden was a system administrator over the systems that contained these programs, it’s completely possible he’d have quite a bit of access. Do they ever wonder who gives them their user permissions on a system? Who creates their user profiles? It’s the System Administrator.
Now he would still need to be a SA on the right systems but it’s sure possible. I personally don’t think they’d be defecating concrete rectangles if they thought he had no access.