Snowden, From a Private Investigator's Perspective

Many eyebrows were raised by the disclosures of Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former NSA contractor who revealed details on top-secret U.S. domestic surveillance programs before fleeing to Hong Kong and Russia.  Mike Orchard, CEO of Beacon Investigative Solutions, considers the impact of these programs — and the plight of Snowden himself — from the perspective of a private investigator, in a guest blog for The Law Insider.

He observes: “One of the most conspicuous aspects of this national intelligence fiasco is the colossal failure of the background investigation conducted on Snowden, a high school dropout who was granted ‘nearly unlimited access to America’s intelligence secrets.'”

Read the entire article here.

Mike Orchard is president and CEO of Beacon Investigative Solutions, a national investigation agency with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.  Specializing in surveillance and background investigations, Beacon is licensed in 45 states and Washington, D.C. Mike can be reached at or 800-535-2136.