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Intelligence Chairman Suggests Snowden May Not Have Acted Alone

Rogers: “There may have been help in his search queries and some of the security circumvented in the process of running to China..."

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October 7, 2013 - 12:27 am
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WASHINGTON – A top lawmaker said Thursday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden might not have acted alone when he leaked information about U.S. surveillance programs.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Snowden’s leaks have inflicted “significant” and, in many cases, “irreversible” damage to U.S. national security.

“We have seen certain al-Qaeda affiliates already change the way that they communicate,” Rogers said at a Washington Post Live panel on cybersecurity. “That means now we have a gap that we’re gonna have to fill. Anytime we get a gap in coverage it becomes incredibly dangerous.”

These changes have spread to at least three other terror organizations, which has dampened the ability to detect and disrupt threats against the U.S., Rogers said.

Rogers did not say directly whether he suspects Snowden had help. But after the panel’s moderator, the Post’s David Ignatius, asked the congressman to clarify his remarks, he said: “There may have been help in his search queries and some of the security measures that he circumvented in the process of taking and running to China.”

“It raises more questions than it answers in how he got around certain things and the kinds of queries he was doing would have been beyond what he knew existed and what his assignments were,” he said.

His “smash-and-grab” and run to “the bastions of Internet freedom, China and Russia” has left some things that do not add up quite yet, Rogers said.

The U.S. weaknesses in cyber defense have only been exacerbated by Snowden’s leaks, which have shattered public trust in the intelligence community, he said.

Gen. Michael Hayden suggested there was another explanation for Snowden’s access. He said Snowden was not “suddenly offended by something he came across”; in fact, he had undertaken a “sustained, long-term campaign” to obtain information from the NSA.

“It is inexplicable as to how someone of his background would have access to so much information until you then begin to add in some of the specifics,’ Hayden said. “He had moved from job to job in order to facilitate his taking of this information.”

That explanation did not prove but was “not inconsistent” with Rogers’ concerns about Snowden receiving help, Hayden noted.

He said what makes Snowden a particular threat to the intelligence community is that he is “someone who’s not leaking particular secrets, but he’s leaking how it is we gain these secrets.”

“This is going to be the gift that keeps on taking from the American intelligence community over a very long period of time,” he said.

Hayden, who headed the CIA and the NSA at different times, said the leaks will lead to a lack of trust in the U.S. government’s ability to keep secrets.

“Why would anyone, domestic or foreign, be willing to have confidence in the United States to undertake anything that requires any kind of discretion … in order to go do things that are lawful, appropriate, effective, but edgy?” he said.

Hayden also joked about putting Edward Snowden on a target list, referring to the recent announcement Snowden has been shortlisted for the EU’s top human rights award.

“I must admit in my darker moments over the past several months, I’d also thought of nominating Mr. Snowden, but it was for a different list,” Hayden said.

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"Intelligence Chairman Suggests Snowden May Not Have Acted Alone"

Paul Revere didn't act alone either.
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Snowden is not spying on my phone calls, emails and credit card statements, and anything else some pervert can think of, treating me like a criminal serf who can never be proven innocent It’s the anti-American abomination National Spy Agency that’s doing that.

Either the NSA dies or America does.
“In the end, there can be only one”.
The NSA is as incompatible with America as is Islam and for many of the same reasons.

Snowden shouldn't even be the issue here, only a footnote. When a government becomes so totalitarian that it sets to spying, and in mass and in great detail, on it's own people like they were all subjects, if not criminals, it is not doing so on their behalf. The Stasi wasn't in East German and the N-Stasi-A isn't in America. And this is on top of the TSA/Gropestapo molesting little girls and grandmas at our airports and largely giving middle easterners a pass. I don't think the federal government has stopped a single attack, and has caused quite a number (Fort Hood, Boston, Benghazi, Navy Shipyard, Mexican invaders who kill so many and most every day), with their gross willful dereliction. I don't care how many times Herr Hussein Obama and other N-Stasi-A supporters and apologists and lackeys tell me that's Holy Water they are spraying on my leg to keep me safe, I know that it's something very different - and it smells to high Heaven. If there were justice in the world, Snowden would be living it up in the White House and Obama and his N-Stasi-A criminals would be in hiding, maybe somewhere in North Korea, in a dark cave. subsisting on grass. .
42 weeks ago
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Here's a helpful hint for you. Snowden was/is a spy. Somebody, probably the Chinese but maybe the Russians, turned him when he worked for the CIA. Then he positioned himself with a Govt contractor and stole the information.
42 weeks ago
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Several journalists wrote stories regarding the NSA breech of laws, illegal spying on american, corruption, and more. The US media never picked up the stories, never followed up and the stories languished.
Snowden had no choice but to take evidence and go abroad, to foreign news companies that still had shred of professional responsibility. American Media is corrupt, fat and lazy and in the pocket of big business and govt.
We now know NSA officials perjured themselves, employees spied on exes, used govt resources to spy on friends and family and who knows what else. The NSA has been using Cell phones to fix location of users, diverted domestic internet traffic through their routers in San Francisco, and broke laws they swore to uphold.
We are supposed to be concerned other people assisted Snowden..??? We should only PRAY other people understand what the Constitution is and assisted him.
42 weeks ago
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The CBS show "The Good Wife" had an interesting and surprising characterization of NSA staff and attitudes last night. It was ominous and anything but flattering of the NSA. I found it interesting that a big Obamunist network would show something like that.
42 weeks ago
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Snowden is a transvestite? Proof?
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""The U.S. weaknesses in cyber defense have only been exacerbated by Snowden’s leaks, which have shattered public trust in the intelligence community," [Rogers] said."

The Bill of Rights is there for a purpose. The NSA and CIA don't get exemptions.
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if only they spied on Al-qaeda, because they "have a gap that we’re gonna have to fill", instead of acting against American people...
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