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September 19th, 2013
08:50 PM ET

Same company vetted Navy Yard shooter and NSA leaker Edward Snowden

CNN has learned the same company that conducted the background check for Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis also vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

USIS, a private government contractor currently under investigation, vetted Alexis in 2007 and Snowden in 2011.

Alexis' background, including his history of troubled mental health, has been a focal point for investigators who are questioning how he obtained a security clearance.

Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence is OutFront.


Filed under: Military • Navy Yard Shooting
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    September 20, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  2. Mark S. Zaid, Esq.

    On tonight's Erin Burnett program she raised concerns that USIS, a contractor for OPM, had conducted both the background investigations on Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis, as if somehow that was a shocking find. I really admire Erin and I enjoy going on her program, but this is a complete non-issue.

    I don't even really like USIS. We call them "Useless" in the industry. Their background investigative reports are often full of grammatical, spelling and factual errors, but the fact is that – at least based on all the information known so far – nothing in either man's background that was revealed at the time of their investigations would have predicted they would ever do what they did. It is completely unfair to taint USIS, which has more than enough legitimate problems, with any responsibility in these cases.

    Plus, USIS has nothing to do with the decision to grant the security clearance. Those decisions were made by USGOVT officials.

    September 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply

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