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Edward Snowden Reveals The NSA Shared Nude Photos

18/07/2014 11:35 BST | Updated 18/07/2014 11:59 BST

Edward Snowden, the former NSA systems administrator and whistleblower has revealed that during his time at the NSA employees would regularly share nude photos of people that were under surveillance.

According to Snowden, whilse he was working at the office employees would stumble across intercepted images of people either nude, or in compromising sexual positions, and then share them with colleagues.

"They turn around in their chair and they show their co-worker. And their co-worker says: 'Oh hey, that's great. Send that to Bill down the way.' And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom. And sooner or later this person's whole life has been seen by all of these other people."

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In the interview Snowden goes on to lambast the processes that allow this behaviour suggesting that because management are unable to monitor such low-level behaviour it goes completely unchecked.

Even worse he implies that as far as the employees are concerned, many see the access to people's nude photos as just one of the 'perks to the job'.

The revelation came out during a seven hour interview with the Guardian which covered Snowden's daily life in Russia, what would happen if he was finally caught and how he would cope if the US had him sent to Guantanamo Bay.