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Snowden Did Not Give Accurate Account of His Military Service

Military blog Blackfive has identified a falsehood in Edward Snowden's self-reported biography.

When Snowden came forward to announce that he was the person behind the NSA leaks he told the Guardian a story about his past. According to the Guardian "In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces...After he broke both his legs in a training accident, he was discharged."

But blogger Uncle Jimbo at BlackFive contacted the Special Warfare Center and School and got the following response "Snowden was never a student at SWCS. He broke his legs while at Fort Benning. His intent was to enter the X-ray program – but that never happened and would not have happened because he only had a GED. Hope this helps."

So not only was Snowden not in a Special Forces fast track when he was injured, apparently he could not have gotten in because he only had a GED. This of course does not mean that the documents Snowden has handed over are not accurate. It does suggest that he may be prone to a bit of exaggeration about himself.

Snowden was never a student at SWCS. He broke his legs while at Fort Benning. His intent was to enter the X-ray program – but that never happened and would not have  happened because he only had a GED. Hope this helps. - See more at: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2013/06/first-verified-lie-from-ed-snowden.html#sthash.DRU8RP8A.dpuf


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