Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.4 Million

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Supporters hold a picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013 as they accused the U.S. government of infringing people’s rights and privacy.

That’s about how many Americans held Top Secret clearances as of October.

Edward Snowden, who says he passed information about classified electronic surveillance programs to the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers, held such a clearance when he was a National Security Agency contractor.

“From packers to computer specialists, the number of U.S. military and intelligence jobs requiring Top Secret clearances has risen since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as the federal government expanded efforts to track and stop terrorists globally,” Bloomberg’s Gopal Ratnam and Danielle Ivory reported.

“That has made the government more dependent on contractors such as Arlington, Virginia-based CACI to fill many of these roles, and it has increased the workload on investigators who must process security clearances,” Ratnam and Ivory reported.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who leads the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said lawmakers will consider legislation to limit government contractors’ access to sensitive data, Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly reported.


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