‘US lost critical foreign intel sources due to Edward Snowden leaks’

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn told that Snowden could be under Russian influence.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published:February 5, 2014 10:35 am
snow-m Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn told that Edward Snowden could be under Russian influence. (Reuters)

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United States has lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources as a result of the unauthorised leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden, a top American intelligence official has said.

“What Snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way, way beyond his professed concerns with so-called domestic surveillance programmes.

“As a result, we’ve lost critical foreign intelligence collections sources, including some shared with us by valued partners,” Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper said during a Congressional hearing.

“Terrorists and other adversaries of this country are going to school on US intelligence sources, methods and trade craft. And the insights that they are gaining are making our jobs much, much harder,” he said adding that this includes putting the lives of members or assets of the intelligence community at risk, as well as our armed forces, diplomats and our citizens.

As a result of the Snowden leaks, Clapper said the US is beginning to see changes in communications behaviour of adversaries, particularly terrorists, a disturbing trend that he anticipate will continue.

“Snowden, for his part, claims that he’s won and that his mission is accomplished. If that’s so, I call on him and his accomplices to facilitate the return of the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more damage to US security,” he said adding that the leaks have done profound damage to the national security.

Clapper said that some of the recent aggressive behaviour by Russia might be due to the documents it has received from Snowden.

“It would be completely out of character, having observed the Soviet and now Russian security services in my 50 years of intelligence, and they are very capable and very aggressive.

So, it’s beyond belief to me that they wouldn’t be taking advantage of the opportunity both to exploit and to control Snowden,” Clapper said.

Congressman Peter King rued that some media have tried to glorify Snowden.

“I think, a very distorted version of him to the American people who somehow think he’s some kind of a whistleblower rather than what I would say he’s a person who has sold his country and put Americans in terrible danger throughout the world,” he said.

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn told lawmakers that Snowden could be under Russian influence.

“Yes, there is a possibility that he is under that (Russian influence),” she said when asked about it.

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    James
    Feb 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    Snowden is not done yet, wait until more doents are released that show the bigger plan of the US. US will lose more just intel connections.
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    James
    Feb 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    Snowden is not done yet, wait until more doents are released that show the bigger plan of the US. US will lose more just intel connections.
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    James
    Feb 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    So the CIA/NSA is crying that they have a hard job, I think that goes for everyone in the world, now they know how we feel. If they didn't break laws, Snowden wouldn't have anything to say. Follow the laws and CONSUTION like the rest of the USA.
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    James
    Feb 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    So the CIA/NSA is crying that they have a hard job, I think that goes for everyone in the world, now they know how we feel. If they didn't break laws, Snowden wouldn't have anything to say. Follow the laws and CONSUTION like the rest of the USA.
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    enrageddeer
    Feb 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm
    boo hoo, next time don't shred up the consution. I feel so sorry for you guys that you can't conduct illegal activities like you used to.
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    enrageddeer
    Feb 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm
    boo hoo, next time don't shred up the consution. I feel so sorry for you guys that you can't conduct illegal activities like you used to.
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    RedViolets
    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm
    Snowden did not go to far. Of course the government doesn't want people to know that the government is breaking the law and the consution. What a bull$hit article.
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    RedViolets
    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm
    Snowden did not go to far. Of course the government doesn't want people to know that the government is breaking the law and the consution. What a bull$hit article.
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