Lawmakers: Terrorists Are Using Information Leaked by Snowden

The leaks endanger current military operations, according to a classified report.

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Jordain Carney
Jan. 9, 2014, 9:08 a.m.

Ter­ror­ists are chan­ging their pat­terns based on in­form­a­tion leaked by former NSA con­tract­or Ed­ward Snowden, ac­cord­ing to a Pentagon re­port.

“This re­port con­firms my greatest fears ““ Snowden’s real acts of be­tray­al place Amer­ica’s mil­it­ary men and wo­men at great­er risk. Snowden’s ac­tions are likely to have leth­al con­sequences for our troops in the field,” said Rep. Mike Ro­gers, the chair­man of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, which re­ceived the clas­si­fied re­port.

Snowden down­loaded 1.7 mil­lion in­tel­li­gence files, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, most of which Ro­gers said deal not with the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency, but branches of the mil­it­ary.

Com­mit­tee Rank­ing Mem­ber C.A. “Dutch” Rup­pers­ber­ger, D-Md., ad­ded that Snowden’s leaks gave ter­ror­ists “our coun­try’s play­book. “¦ We have be­gun to see ter­ror­ists chan­ging their meth­ods be­cause of the leaks.”

The com­mit­tee mem­bers’ joint-state­ment on the re­port comes as Pres­id­ent Obama is ex­pec­ted to meet Thursday with key law­makers over com­plaints re­gard­ing NSA prac­tices. The Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency has been un­der scru­tiny since June, when me­dia out­lets, us­ing doc­u­ments provided by Snowden, began to pub­licly dis­close gov­ern­ment spy­ing pro­grams.

A pan­el con­vened by Obama re­com­men­ded 46 changes to the gov­ern­ment’s sur­veil­lance pro­grams, and earli­er re­ports in­dic­ate the pres­id­ent will an­nounce a range of changes be­fore his State of the Uni­on ad­dress Jan. 28.