"He claimed to have worked for the CIA as a "senior advisor," which was a gross exaggeration of his entry-level duties as a computer technician. He also doctored his performance evaluations and obtained new positions at NSA by exaggerating his resume and stealing the answers to an employment test."
Stating that he was able to get jobs/promotions at an 'intelligence' agency by exaggerating his qualifications or lying only shows that he has the biggest stones ever, and that they suck at intelligence-ing. How difficult is an employment verification, especially one from the same, or related department?
Is it daft to think this could be another self-inflicted wound to try to paint ES in a bad light? He is gaining more and more support. As the author points out, the overdone accent-in-text seems very contrived indeed, and the intersection of ES/Russia in context of the US Gov secrets being exposed will certainly have the toothless inbreeds reaching for their pitchforks and shouting for Ed's head again, won't it?
Is anyone else a bit worried that this logic could be used to justify a police officer punching/tasering a confession out of a suspect? Isn't that basically the same?
Cop pulls you over. Cop accuses you of driving like a cop(speeding and tailgating, with a phone to your ear). Cop nightsticks your face until you agree. Judge applauds cop for unconventional methods in extracting useful information of dangerous activity.