Disclosures of National Security Agency secrets by the former contractor Edward Snowden have damaged U.S. efforts to battle terrorists, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday.
“I would say that it has had a material impact on our ability to generate insights as to what terrorist groups around the world are doing,” Rogers said at a conference in Washington.
The director of the NSA in his comments voiced concerns that the security of Americans and overseas allies has been undermined by the leaks. “So anyone who thinks this has not had an impact, I would say, doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” he said.
Asked about new “blind spots” in the agency’s tracking of terrorist communications as a result of Snowden’s disclosures, Rogers responded: “Have I lost capability that we had prior to the revelations? Yes.”
Rogers’ remarks echoed those of Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator and a special assistant to the president, who said in a speech last year that the Snowden leaks will be felt for decades
“Make no mistake: We are going to be dealing with the fallout from that for all of your careers, and the impact that that has had on our national security will reverberate for decades,” Daniel told midshipmen at the Naval Academy on March 28.
Full article: NSA Director: Snowden’s Leaks Helped Terrorists Avoid Tracking (Washington Free Beacon)