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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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”.