Edward Snowden Reveals He Was International Spy

The man described as a "hacker" says he was actually trained as a high-level spy.
1:27 | 05/28/14

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coming into the northeast. Ginger, thank you. We turn to Edward Snowden, now in Russia, after revealing U.S. Secrets. In a televised interview, he reveals he wasn't a computer hacker after all. He was actually a high-level international spy. Martha Raddatz has more on this. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: It was president Obama who tried to diminish Snowden's importance at the national security agency, referring to him as a 29-year-old hacker, with others describing him simply as a systems administrator. But Snowden told Brian Williams, his role was much bigger than that. I was trained as a spy, in the traditional sense of the world, that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job that I'm not. And even being assigned a name that was not mine. I've worked for the central intelligence agency, undercover, overseas. I've worked for the national security agency overseas. And I worked for the defense agency overseas. Reporter: Those agencies won't comment this morning. But he did have access to our country's most secret documents, downloading 1.7 million of them, which revealed more than has ever been revealed before about our intelligence gathering. Lara? Unbelievable. Thank you so much, Martha Raddatz, in Washington.

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