Snowden, right, granted his first full-scale media interview since the leaks, to Brian Williams of NBC
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Edward Snowden: 'I was trained as a spy'

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has described himself as a trained spy specialising in electronic surveillance, in an interview with NBC.

He reiterated that he had worked undercover overseas for the CIA and NSA, dismissing claims he was a mere low-level analyst.

Mr Snowden said he had trained as a spy "in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas - pretending to work in a job that I'm not - and even being assigned a name that was not mine".

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