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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What Did Snowden Take?

On February 5, 2014, word leaked of a secret Congressional hearing on Snowden. The reactions from attendees was very harsh:
Thornberry did say that lawmakers “left the briefing disturbed and angered” after hearing that the leaks by the former Booz Allen Hamilton employee “went well beyond programs associated with the NSA and data collection.”

He characterized the leaks as so severe that they “compromise military capability and defense of the country” and “could cost lives” — while they “will certainly cost billions to repair.”

“His actions were espionage, plain and simple,” Thornberry said.

Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) read his statement rather than making comments on the fly “because of the seriousness of this issue and the sensitivity” of the information they’d just heard.

“Ed Snowden isn’t a whistleblower; he’s a traitor,” McKeon said.

No matter what opinion people hold of the data collection programs, he added, people should be “shocked and outraged to find that a substantial amount of the information has nothing to do with the NSA.”
Rumors are circulating now that Snowden took a complete list (including addresses and phone numbers) of every federal official and employee, including elected officials and law enforcement. This is in addition to earlier stories indicating that he had taken the names of intelligence agents, assets, and targets.

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