Washington/HONG KONG, 28 June: US investigators claim to have evidence that USIS, the contractor that screened whistle-blower Edward Snowden for his top-secret clearance, repeatedly misled the government about the thoroughness of its background checks, a media report today said. The alleged transgressions are so serious that a federal watchdog indicated he plans to recommend that the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees most background checks, end ties with USIS unless it can show it is performing responsibly, the Washington Post quoted its sources as saying.
The USA accused Hong Kong’s government of acting in bad faith over the fugitive and warned of repercussions. US envoy Stephen Young also said China was guilty of “misbehaviour” over Mr Snowden’s abrupt departure from Hong Kong, but said the territory itself would bear the brunt of Washington’s displeasure.
US army Pfc. Bradley Manning disclosed potentially damaging classified information in at least 117 of the more than 2,50,000 US state department cables he has acknowledged sending to WikiLeaks, according to evidence prosecutors presented at his court-martial. agencies