Skip to comments.Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.
Posted on 10/25/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials.
Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of military intelligence documents, some of which contain sensitive material about collection programs against adversaries such as Iran, Russia and China. Some refer to operations that in some cases involve countries not publicly allied with the United States.
The process of informing officials in capital after capital about the risk of disclosure is delicate. In some cases, one part of the cooperating government may know about the collaboration while others such as the foreign ministry may not, the officials said. The documents, if disclosed, could compromise operations, officials said.
The notifications come as the Obama administration is scrambling to placate allies after allegations that the NSA has spied on foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reports have forced the administration to play down operations targeting friends while also attempting to preserve other programs that depend on provisional partners. In either case, trust in the United States may be compromised. . .
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YOU ARE SO SCREWED
Your overreach has hoisted you on your own petard!
UN is going to embarrass you
Merkel is livid
Couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of dolts if you ask me
Snowden is the gift that keeps on giving.
You might as well include WE in that statement.
This is going to harm us for years to come long after Obama and his team of miscreants are long gone.
Snowden will continue on for decades unless someone puts a contract out on the guy and gets to him. Any president...even a President Hillary in 2016...could wake up and find some disturbing news on her operations.
The United States spies on everyone.
We’ve been doing it for years (since at least the 1950s). The exception was spying on U.S. citizens, a practice that seems to have been initiated during the GWBush presidential terms.
Its going to keep happening because our government is populated by arrogant morons.
harm us how
it’s the same in discovery in a legal case
you get flooded with 50,000 pages of crap and can’t even see straight trying to go through it
these bozos, instead of profiling and targeting are collecting a billion phone calls a month. How is that useful?
I am glad Snowden did what he did and warned us about how depraved our government has become
I suspect that was the purpose behind this WAPO article. Now Snowden has a number of crosshairs on him, and not all are U.S.
Nothing to worry about.
Personally, I believe our intelligence community consisting of 16 publicly acknowledged agencies received a boon in the form of post 9/11/2001 which was mainly focused on terrorism throughout the Bush years.
Unfortunately, this same community came under the command of Team Obama in 2009 and drastically departed its mission and activities since then.
I actually welcome these revelations and I hope they continue because we are not a nation of revenge and internal coercion as has been evidenced by Obama's manipulation of the IRS, State Department, et al, nor should be externally.
Until this government actually starts using valid intelligence information to create some substantive public good, like actually preventing some terrorist act instead of lying about it, then I hope worldwide attention is brought to this President's activities that are only focused nefarious intention.
This “gathering” is only useful after the fact. It’s a farce.
So the government can’t keep their own top secrets ‘secret’ ... and people are entrusting them with their most personal and private medical information .... why? This is not going to end well on SO many levels, especially when the thugs in government start USING the info to force compliance with their latest ‘take-it-away-from-you’ scam and ‘we-now-totally-control-you’ scheme.
Only the scale changed under GWB.
Snowden is just a distraction from the real culprits.
Personally I’m a lot more concerned about these companies that seem to exist for no other reason than to collect taxpayer dollars on make work projects. I’m also concerned about how people like James Clapper and many others can slip back and forth between executive positions with these companies and official government positions.
I don’t want to live in a Fascist state. NSA is enabling this by spying on us.
I appreciate your viewpoint and hope you’re correct.
So let me get this right. Snowden is in Russia and now the Russians know everything on his harddrive. Probably the Chinese too.
How come the U.S. citizenry is not informed to the level of our enemies? How arrogant to assume our enemies are more trustworthy than our citizens.
“...crosshairs on him...”
Snowden seems clever enough that taking him out would probably lead to a huge public data dump.
That’s might be why he’s still breathing.
This is an effort by the US to see if one of those “other” intelligence services will take out Snowden so US won’t be linked to it. What they don’t understand is all hell will break loose if that happens. His handlers will be dropping enough dimes to balance the budget.
Before he is done I fully expect him [obama] to release the names addresses and phone numbers of anyone anywhere in the world who has ever provided any information to agency workers.
The damage to US intel will last multiple generations.
If obama really wanted Snowden taken out he would have long since been Hastings-ed or Breitbarted.
The great irony is that while 9/11 prompted the Bush administration to look for enemies in our midst, they totally missed the biggest threat (because the agencies involved had already been infiltrated).
That's according to Snowden. But I've had trouble taking him at face value. Snowden worked as a computer security specialist at the CIA station in Geneva, Switzerland in 2007 under diplomatic cover. As a member of the diplomatic community it's possible he came in contact with Russian embassy personnel. He could have been recruited then eventually steered to the NSA where he apparently amassed a library of damaging documents. Snowden surfaced and made his first revelations just days before Obama was supposed to confront China about its hacking of U.S. defense secrets and technology.
I know I tend toward conspiracy theories but in Vladimir Putin's one-sided, diplomatic slap fight with Obama Snowden is a valuable tool who appeared in a timely fashion. So I wonder if Snowden is for real or if he has been a Russian agent for the last six years.
“This is going to harm us for years to come long after Obama and his team of miscreants are long gone.”
Once upon a time, you were exactly right. But now that the US govt has been captured by Marxists and Jihadis that play checkers for 8 hours while our troops get slaughtered, I don’t mind their iron fist getting revealed at every turn.
The ‘checks and balances’ provided by the Constitution are being ignored by the Regime. The only remaining checks/balances are the competing interests of Putin, China, etc.
“Snowden will continue on for decades unless someone puts a contract out on the guy and gets to him. “
I imagine he is prepared for such a scenario, and has things set up where he only has to hit one key and another source will have all the documents.
NSA domestic spying is unconstitutional.
If the govt were interested in catching terrorists they’d stop incoming flights from Yemen and similar places, deport any foreigners expressing jihadi feelings, and put the FBI on mosques and CAIR.
But instead the Feds supply weapons to al-Qaeda while claiming they need NSA to spot terror threats.
This US statement is an indirect way to agitate some of these undisclosed states to take executive action to silent Snowden if the info he possesses threatens their national security.
who they should really be mad at is obama
even more that weirdo General Alxander who is in charge of the whole thing
He is more powerful than obama
No one, even our closest allies will work with us not because we also spied on them but because we are incapable of keeping even a low lever contractor from publishing our entire crown jewels of national security information.
Germany and France the UK and others not mad we bugged their phones they are pissed we bugged their phones and then through our incompetence let the information out.
Why should they risks sharing intel with sloppy, unprofessional dunderheads?
so they shouldn’t help such get elected either!
Offing Snowden won’t stop the information flow. If he’s smart, he’ll have spread the intel all over the world with instructions on it going public the minute anything happens to him.
“It’s really just MetaData.”
Nope. All the calls are recorded also.
Yes. This admin is too afraid of what he might have that they can't afford to harm him or he'd have been Breitbarted before the msm ever heard of him.
Snowden already said that he turned over all the data to Greenwald in Hong Kong. And Greenwald’s boyfriend was caught recently with some of the data on a London airport.
So, to put the genie back in the bottle, Snowden, Greenwald and his boyfriend would have to be taken out.
It’s probably too late for that. At this point, all the intelligence services in the world would have to assume that the Russians, the Chinese and who knows who else also has the data.
>Couldnt happen to a bigger bunch of dolts if you ask me<
You and most FReepers realize this but I doubt that the man-in-the-street knows or cares more than what he has learned from Oprah and other “celebrities”.
“The exception was spying on U.S. citizens....”
How convinced are you of that statement?
“....with instructions on it going public the minute anything happens to him.”
Are the recipients of these instructions trustworthy and aren’t they also in someone’s crosshairs?
But the info being released from Snowden is just MetaData in the broad sense.
Maybe you are right. But I can’t help thinking that the Soros cabal has had a hand in the whole thing all along.
I know that I am really stretching the tin foil here, but I just wonder if they actually set up this entire scenario themselves to turn the public against the NSA and against the military.
Reason? The Department of Defense would be the Department most likely to employ people who actually care about this country and want it to continue as a superpower. The Soros Administration is working hard to destroy the military, but there are many loyal Americans still there, so the communists want us to mistrust the military.
The NSA has always been obligated to keep quiet about what it does, ergo, none of the people who are actually doing the work can defend themselves against any sort of lies. Same goes for the military.
“Snowden will continue on for decades unless someone puts a contract out on the guy and gets to him. Any president...even a President Hillary in 2016...could wake up and find some disturbing news on her operations.”
He might have a fail-safe set to dump his entire inventory of data onto the web in the event of his demise.
I would guess if he doesn’t log on within a set period of time the info will be dispersed all over the world. Heck one of us might get an email from him with some very interesting information.
“I wonder if Snowden is for real or if he has been a Russian agent for the last six years.”
If he was a Russian agent you never would have heard his name. The Russians would have kept him in place working for the NSA and stealing secrets. Making all this information public doesn’t help the Russians at all.
I was a French linguist and a cryptanalyst working for the Navy Security Group ( think NSA wearing a naval uniform) between 1982-1986.
We were ordered NOT to intercept any U.S. comms. To do so was illegal.
Guess the US is trying to get someone else to off Snowden. This bunch just loves others to do their blood work.
Like a multitude of sites each primed to dump at a different set time unless rest ?
Bet there are people who only task right now is trying to dig out every internet connection he ever made.
But if he simply set up some of those anonymously in various ways....
Here’s hoping all the statists have endless nightmares.