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Professor Harvey Rishikof Assesses NSA Surveillance Leak on Bloomberg Businessweek

June 14, 2013

The National Security Agency (NSA) will need to reconstruct how a low-level IT technician was able to obtain and disclose classified information, Cybersecurity and the law Professor Harvey Rishikof told Bloomberg Businessweek in an article published June 12. 

Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old contract worker at the NSA was responsible for disclosing a secret court order to newspapers which revealed the U.S. internet and telephone surveillance practices which stirred up controversy recently, Businessweek reported.

The reality is that systems managers are those who control access, Rishikoff said. “One of the interesting questions is how he was able to exfiltrate this information off the system,” Rishikof concluded.