Supposedly, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller asked the “hardest questions we could find,” but the 60 Minutes NSA interview was sickeningly one-sided and is being called a big load of “crap” by security researchers and other critics.
“Full disclosure, I once worked in the office of the director of National Intelligence where I saw firsthand how secretly the NSA operates,” admitted Miller. He added that the NSA would “address serious questions about whether the NSA delves too far into the lives of Americans” during the 60 Minutes interview. Then real journalism died a little bit as Miller calmly accepted Gen. Keith Alexander’s statement that the NSA is “defending our civil liberties and privacy.”
There was the expected character assassination as Miller described Edward Snowden as a “20-something-year-old high school dropout contractor.” The audience was told that Snowden cheated by using his system administrator privileges to steal the questions and answers to an NSA technical entrance exam. The NSA alleged that Snowden could have left behind a time-bomb virus and had to remove every system he touched.
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