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U.S. government claims Edward Snowden did 'profound damage'

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has done significant damage to U.S. intelligence and security, government officials continue to claim.

Published Fri, Feb 7 2014 1:00 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The threat of domestic terrorism and attacks by Al Qaida are pressing matters to national security, but many U.S. government officials are instead focused on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A recent official said Snowden has done 'profound damage' to future U.S. security efforts, supporting a previous lawmaker that said Snowden is a traitor and criminal.

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"What Snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way, way beyond his professional concerns with so-called domestic surveillance programs," said James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, during a recent Senate committee hearing. "As a result, we've lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources, including some shared with us by valued partners."

U.S. citizens, foreign leaders, and Silicon Valley executives are upset with the NSA's spying practices, which continually trampled over Internet users. However, many U.S. lawmakers remain unhappy with Snowden, and demand he returns government documents without any further disclosures.

Meanwhile, Rep. Marc Thornberry, a Texas Republican, said Snowden's security leaks will "certainly cost billions to repair" moving forward.

NEWS SOURCES:abcnews.go.com, npr.org

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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