According to a recent report, more than 30 White House officials and administration political appointees are still operating without full security clearances, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner and — until recently — White House staffer Rob Porter.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who copied and leaked secret classified information on surveillance programs in 2013, and is currently living in Moscow under temporary asylum, sent out a taunting tweet Monday, noting that it didn’t take him near that long to obtain security clearance.
Snowden has been called both a whistleblower and a traitor, and faces charges by the U.S. government if he ever returns. Russia has given him asylum until 2020, and he is currently seeking other countries who would protect him.
I got a security clearance faster than half of this White House. https://t.co/hYYWy6wHIe
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 12, 2018
Snowden’s tweet came in response to the following:
White House says it’s common for security clearance to take a year.
1. It’s not. Unusual, even for Regular Janes and Joes.
2. It verges on Black Swan territory for top-rankers like Kushner & Porter, who cut the line.
3. *May* mean “never” & bureaucracy doesn’t want to say no.
— Barton Gellman (@bartongellman) February 12, 2018