Snowden Part II: Another Cyber Traitor in the US?

There are 680,000 people on the US’s Terror watch database with more than 40% having no known ties to terror groups. How do we know this? Looks like there is another Snowden like traitor leaking secret intelligence documents to the press.

An article on “The Intercept” breaks down the numbers apparently obtained from documents leaked by a “source in the intelligence community“. According to the website:

“The classified documents were prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center, the lead agency for tracking individuals with suspected links to international terrorism. Stamped “SECRET” and “NOFORN” (indicating they are not to be shared with foreign governments), they offer the most complete numerical picture of the watchlisting system to date.”

According to CNN, government officials are looking for the identity of the new leaker.

With Snowden apparently getting away with leaking top secret and confidential intelligence information to the press, it seems that it has inspired others to follow in his footsteps. The problem, as shown with Snowden, is that even though they may reveal some information of government wrong doing, they may also cross the line of patriotism and end up aiding and abetting a foreign power.

The level of NSA spying on US citizens was wrong, but when someone in the intelligence field takes classified information and flees to another country (especially one on unfriendly terms with the US), that has and always will “earn” the person the title of “Traitor”.

I just hope this new traitor is caught before they too reveal allied operational software and techniques employed against foreign governments and Islamic militant groups.

~ by D. Dieterle on August 5, 2014.

2 Responses to “Snowden Part II: Another Cyber Traitor in the US?”

  1. I don’t completely agree with your last statement, “I just hope this new traitor is caught before they too reveal allied operational software and techniques employed against foreign governments and Islamic militant groups.”

    I certainly don’t want to see that data leaked, but I suspect that the informant could easily wind up having an “accident” if the government finds him.

    We _need_ people with consciences to do exactly this when our government acts in a manner that is harmful to the citizens.

    • I hear you, and thanks so much for the comment.

      I just see this “information leak in the name of justice” thing really getting out of hand. I am sure Manning thought to himself that he was doing a good thing, and Snowden too. There is a fine line between whistleblower and traitor.

      The NSA has a new commander, I have personally met and talked with him, he is a good man. He voiced a while back that if his employees have a problem with what is going on, they should bring it to him.

      There are good people of rank in these organizations who can effect change. Taking top secret information and leaking it to the press or worse taking it to China or Russia is not the right path.

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