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US intelligence chief: Snowden and ‘accomplices’ should return stolen info

The most powerful intelligence official in the United States told a Senate committee Wednesday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a hypocrite and that he and his supposed accomplices should return any classified documents he still has.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said in an  unusually contentious Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that  Snowden’s decision to leak a trove of classified NSA documents to  the press has hurt US security and tipped off suspected  terrorists on potentially safer ways to communicate. Clapper, who  told the same committee the NSA did not collect information on  millions of Americans months before being proven wrong, also  insinuated that Snowden had help.

Snowden claims that he has won and that his mission is  accomplished,” Clapper said during his opening remarks to  the committee, as quoted by a transcript published by the  Washington Post. “If that is so, I call on him and  accomplices to facilitate the return of the remaining stolen  documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more  damage to US security.”

The director did not elaborate on what he meant by   “accomplices,” but a spokesman insisted he was   “referring to anyone who is assisting Edward Snowden to  further threaten our national security through the unauthorized  disclosure of stolen documents related to lawful foreign  intelligence collection programs.”

A number of journalists on Twitter interpreted that as a threat  to Glenn Greenwald, Barton Gellman, Laura Poitras, and the number  of other reporters who have published information based on the  Snowden documents.


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