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Contractor for Snowden Background Check Is Investigated

A federal contractor that conducted a background check on Edward Snowden, the former national-security worker who leaked secret documents on U.S. surveillance programs, is under criminal investigation, a lawmaker said.

USIS, a unit of Falls Church, Virginia-based Altegrity Inc., performed the check in 2011, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said at a congressional hearing today.