Did leaks of top- se­cret U. S. ac­tiv­ity dam­age se­cu­rity?

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Q: James Clap­per, the di­rec­tor of national in­tel­li­gence, said Snow­den’s dis­clo­sures caused “huge, grave dam­age” to the United States. Do you agree?

J. Kirk Wiebe: No, I do not. I do not. You know, I’ve asked peo­ple: Do you gen­er­ally be­lieve there’s govern­ment au­thor­i­ties col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion about you on the Net or your phone? “Oh, of course.” No one is sur­prised.

There’s very lit­tle speci­ficity in the slides that he made avail­able ( de­scrib­ing the PRISM sur­veil­lance pro­gram). There is far more speci­ficity in the FISA court or­der that is both­er­some. ...

Q: Did for­eign gov­ern­ments, ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, get in­for­ma­tion they didn’t have al­ready?

Wil­liam Bin­ney: Ever since ... 1997- 1998 ... those ter­ror­ists have known that we’ve been mon­i­tor­ing all of th­ese com­mu­ni­ca­tions all along. So they have al­ready ad­justed to the fact that we are do­ing that. So the fact that it is pub­lished in the U. S. news that we’re are do­ing that, has no ef­fect on them what­so­ever. They have al­ready ad­justed to that. ...

Jes­se­lyn Radack: This comes up ev­ery time there’s a leak. ... In Tom’s case, Tom was ac­cused of lit­er­ally the blood of soldiers would be on his hands be­cause he cre­ated dam­age. I think the ex­act words were, “When the NSA goes dark, soldiers die.” And that had noth­ing to do with Tom’s dis­clo­sure at all, but it was part of the fear mon­ger­ing that gen­er­ally goes with why we should keep th­ese things se­cret.

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