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Same Government Contractor Vetted Both Snowden and Aaron Alexis

Much of the media coverage surrounding Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis focused on how exactly someone with a history of mental issues and violence got his security clearance. Well, now we know, as the government contractor USIS admitted this week that it vetted Alexis, of particular note because this was the same contractor that vetted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for his security clearance too.

A spokesman for USIS made the information public on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

“Today we were informed that in 2007, USIS conducted a background check of Aaron Alexis” for the Office of Personnel Management, Howell said in a statement. “We are contractually prohibited from retaining case information gathered as part of the background checks we conduct for OPM and therefore are unable to comment further on the nature or scope of this or any other background check.”

USIS also conducted the background check for Edward Snowden, and this revelation was made public even while USIS was already under investigation for its background check process. The investigation also claimed that USIS frequently lied to the government about its background checks system.

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