The National Security Agency has told Congress that it has forced out a civilian employee after a lengthy investigation to “assign accountability” for the disclosure of intelligence secrets by Edward J. Snowden, one of its former contractors.
Two others — identified only as an “active-duty military member” and another contractor — were “removed from access to NSA information” and facilities last August. But because neither worked directly for the NSA, the agency told the House Judiciary Committee in a letter, any further action would have to be determined by their employers.
The letter was intended to answer congressional queries about who, beyond Snowden, would be held accountable for security lapses that led to his disclosures. The answer appeared to suggest that no senior officials of the NSA or its oversight organization, the office of the director of national intelligence, would be disciplined for what officials have called the most damaging disclosure of classified data in US history.
The NSA letter was written by the director of the agency’s legislative affairs office, Ethan L. Bauman, and provided the first public account of how Snowden obtained access to restricted materials.