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.
January 16, 2014 |
The National Security Agency collects nearly 200 million text messages per day from around the world as part of a program code named Dishfire, according to a new report based on data leaked by Edward Snowden. The NSA gathers text messages with Dishfire to collect all kinds of information, including where people are traveling to and their financial transactions, according to The Guardian and Britain's Channel 4 News . The two news organizations used documents provided by Snowden to uncover the program.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A classified Pentagon report concludes that leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have set back U.S. efforts against terrorism, cybercrime, human trafficking and weapons proliferation, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say. A damage assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency indicates most of the estimated 1.7 million classified documents that officials say Snowden copied from NSA computers involve...