United States warns about new Edward Snowden leaks

US warns about new Snowden leaks

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 23:48:51 GMT

The United States has admitted that the recent revelations by American whistleblower Edward Snowden contained “specific and classified details” about the country’s spying activities.

The office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement on Friday that the newly leaked documents provided a road map to US adversaries.

The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian reported on Thursday that US and British spy agencies cracked the encryption that secures online communications including emails, banking transactions and phone conversations.

“The stories published yesterday, however, reveal specific and classified details about how we conduct this critical intelligence activity,” according to the statement.

“Anything that yesterday’s disclosures add to the ongoing public debate is outweighed by the road map they give to our adversaries about the specific techniques we are using to try to intercept their communications in our attempts to keep America and our allies safe and to provide our leaders with the information they need to make difficult and critical national security decisions,” it said.

Snowden earlier leaked confidential information that showed the US National Security Agency collects data of phone records and Internet communication of American citizens.

The former NSA contractor, who is charged with espionage in the United States, is currently staying in Russia. Snowden supplied reporters with 50,000 secret documents.

The NSA is spending more than $250 million a year on a project, which “actively engages the US and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products’ designs” to make them “exploitable.”

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