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Not even the NSA knows how much data Edward Snowden took

Not even the NSA knows how much data Edward Snowden took

The NSA seems like it has all the information in the world. It can wiretap an entire country, collect millions of facial images a day and even bug your phone when it's turned off. But there's one thing the NSA doesn't know - and it's a doozy.

The agency charged with knowing as much about everything as possible still can't figure out exactly how much information Edward Snowden stole from its databases.

Initially, the NSA revealed in a "60 Minutes" segment that it estimated Snowden took more than 1.77 million documents. Now, it's recently revised the number downward. James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, suggested the number was probably closer to 1.5 million.

Newsweek reports:

According to a statement made last year by then-NSA head, General Keith Alexander, the NSA doesn’t “think anybody really knows what [Snowden] actually took with him, because the way he did it, we don’t have an accurate way of counting.”

In other words, the NSA - with all its information-gathering powers - can only guess at how bad it was raided by an "I.T. guy." Click here to see how Snowden claims he wasn't a low-level systems analyst at all, but a full-blown spy.

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Source: Newsweek
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