On Wednesday, May 29, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave his first ever American interview and what he had to say, everyone seemed to be interested in. Snowden spoke to NBC's Brian Williams and one of the main topics that was discussed was how Snowden tried to go through the official channels when he raised concerns about the NSA's illegal surveillance programs. He claimed that he did this before he leaked any of the stolen documents.
In retaliation to Snowden's claims, on Thursday, the NSA released the aforementioned email, confirming that Snowden did not in fact raise any claims of concern.
In the email which was dated, April 5, 2013, Snowden asked a legal question pertaining to whether an Executive Order has a certain precedence over laws, referencing a passage in what appears to be training material. The full email can be seen below.
Here is the full statement by the NSA, which was released on IC ON THE RECORD
NSA has now explained that they have found one e-mail inquiry by Edward Snowden to the Office of General Counsel asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed. The e-mail did not raise allegations or concerns about wrongdoing or abuse, but posed a legal question that the Office of General Counsel addressed. There was not additional follow-up noted. The e-mail will be released later today.
There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations. We have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims.