Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence

Washington Post’s Barton Gellman Interviews Edward Snowden

​Excerpt: Only one OATH


“It is commonly said of Snowden hat he broke an oath of secrecy, a turn of phrase that captures a sense of betrayal. NSA Director Keith B. Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr., among many others, have used that formula.”

[ Gellman interjects: “Snowden noted matter-of-factly that Standard Form 312, the classified-information nondisclosure agreement, is a civil contract. He signed it, but he pledged his fealty elsewhere.” ]


“The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy. That is an oath to the Constitution. That is an oath that I kept that Keith Alexander and James Clapper did not.”