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Topic - Patrick E. Mcfarland
The Justice Department said Wednesday it was joining a lawsuit against the firm that conducted the security background checks for Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the data at the heart of the NSA snooping scandal.
Edward Snowden, the 29-year old contract computer technician who leaked details of the National Security Agency broad data-gathering about Americans' telephone calls and online communications, may not have been properly investigated for his security clearance, a government watchdog told lawmakers Thursday.
"This is a clarion call for accountability," said Patrick E. McFarland, inspector general of OPM. "As recent events have shown, it is vital for the safety and security of Americans to have these background investigations performed in a thorough and accurate manner."