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Snowden background checker probed

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Snowden background checker probed


Senator Claire McCaskill has announced that one of the companies that carried a background check on Edward Snowden is now also under scrutiny.

Snowden, the source of recent leaks about US secret surveillance programmes, had been investigated by the security services company USIS in 2011. According to their website, the Falls Church, Virginia, based company is “the leader in providing background investigations to the federal government”.

However, in her opening comments before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on Thursday, McCaskill stated that the Office of Personnel Management’s Inspector General is currently investigating USIS based on allegations it repeatedly failed to competently conduct investigations under its contract.

“It is a reminder that background investigations can have real consequences for our national security,” Senator McCaskill asserted.

USIS gave no immediate response to a request for comment.

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