Snowden: I was a trained spy, not just a hacker

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Edward Snowden says he’s more than just a hacker or systems administrator, as the Obama administration and media have portrayed him.

He worked undercover for the CIA and the National Security Agency.

“I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in 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,” the master secrets spiller tells NBC News in his first interview with a U.S. TV network.

Portions of the interview, conducted by Brian Williams in Moscow last week, appeared Tuesday night. An extended version will air Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia after revealing details of U.S. spying activities to journalists, portrayed himself as “a technical specialist … a technical expert.”

“I don’t work with people. I don’t recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work..

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