February 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Three people at the National Security Agency have been implicated in Edward Snowden's efforts to copy classified material, including a civilian employee who resigned last month after acknowledging he allowed Snowden to use his computer ID, according to an NSA memo sent to Congress. The other two were an active-duty member of the military and a civilian contractor. The memo does not describe their conduct, but says they were barred from the NSA and its systems in August.
February 4, 2014
Re "Snowden's weasel ways," Opinion, Jan. 31 Granted, journalist and former CIA officer Frank Snepp deserves credit for blowing the whistle on how America behaved during its inglorious exit from Saigon in 1975. But for him to claim that "I was the Snowden of my day" is a bit of a stretch. What Snepp revealed took a lot of courage, but most of us understand that when dealing with foreign governments - even our allies - American foreign policy has a long tradition of being two-faced, erratic and, at times, deceitful.
January 31, 2014 |
Granting Edward Snowden clemency, as many have urged, would send a terrible message to other potential whistle-blowers. Yes, he may have sparked an important national privacy debate, but he did so through reprehensible actions that harmed national security. If that's a harsh verdict, I have earned the right to it. In terms of sheer media hype, I was the Snowden of my day, a disaffected ex-spy who, in the late 1970s and early '80s, rocked the security community by publishing a memoir about intelligence failures I'd witnessed as a CIA officer during the last years of the Vietnam War. I did so only after the agency backhanded my repeated requests for an in-house review of our mistakes and refused to help me or anyone else rescue Vietnamese allies abandoned during the evacuation of Saigon.
January 29, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Insiders like Edward Snowden who leak secrets about sensitive U.S. intelligence programs pose a potentially greater danger to national security than terrorists, America's spy chiefs warned Wednesday in their annual report to Congress on global security risks. For the first time, the risk of unauthorized disclosures of classified material and state-sponsored theft of data was listed as the second-greatest potential threat to America in a review of global perils prepared by the U.S. intelligence community.
January 24, 2014 |
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi brushed back the assertions of leading Republicans that the former NSA contractor who leaked details of American spying was a “traitor,” but said Friday that Edward Snowden needs to return and face trial, or reach a plea deal, for his deeds. At a meeting with Los Angeles Times editors and reporters, Pelosi navigated between those who consider Snowden's actions unpatriotic and others grateful that he laid bare America's spying secrets - the latter group comprised of many of Pelosi's natural constituents on the Democratic left.
January 23, 2014 |
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took a strong stand Thursday against granting amnesty to Edward Snowden, but did not rule out the possibility of plea negotiations. “He broke the law,” Holder said in an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber about Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor charged with espionage for releasing intelligence-gathering secrets. “In fact he caused harm to our national security and I think he has to be held accountable for his actions," Holder said.