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Snowden Calls Out CIA on Drunk Driving Ploy

The NSA whistleblower says he began to question the CIA's "rightness" when they used a drunk driving ploy to obtain secret banking information.

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By Victoria Kim

06/12/13

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The Swiss government has officially asked the US for clarification about an incident in which CIA operatives allegedly encouraged a Swiss banker to drink and drive as part of a recruitment ploy. The man behind this claim is NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was stationed to work undercover in Geneva, maintaining computer network security. In an interview with the Guardian, Snowden claims CIA operatives, in an attempt to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information, purposely got the banker drunk and encouraged him to drive home in his car. He says the undercover CIA agent swooped in again after the banker was arrested for drunk driving, offering to help. A bond was formed, and the banker was successfully recruited. It was during his time working undercover for the CIA in Switzerland that Snowden began to "seriously question the rightness of what he saw" and began to consider exposing the US government's secrets. "Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world," he tells the Guardian. "I realized that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good." A spokesperson for Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs tells ABC News it has noted Snowden's claims and sent a "diplomatic note" to the US Embassy in Bern asking for clarification of the matter.

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