The same federal contractor that vetted Edward Snowden, who leaked information about classified U.S. spying programs, also performed a background check that let the Washington Navy Yard shooter obtain a security clearance.
Within the next year, the federal government will have a chance to begin dropping the contractor whose background checks helped leaker Edward Snowden and the Washington Navy Yard shooter get security clearances.
A federal contractor that conducted a background check on Edward Snowden, the former national- security worker who leaked secret documents on U.S. surveillance programs, is under criminal investigation, a lawmaker said.
It’s the question that’s vexed Washington for two days: How could a man with three arrests, a military discharge for misconduct and a history of mental illness get into the Washington Navy Yard and kill 12 people?
How does someone with three arrests, a history of mental illness and a record of military misconduct obtain a U.S. government security clearance? That is one of the haunting questions following this week’s Washington Navy Yard massacre of 12 people by Aaron Alexis, a former U.S. Navy technician.