A short item in today’s Raleigh News & Observer from the Wahington Post informs us that the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman (Mike Rogers, R-Mich.) and ranking member (C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. have a classified Pentagon report that concludes that the theft of 1.7 million intelligence files from U.S. agencies by former National Security Agency contrctor Edward Snowden has “…tipped off adversaries to U.S. intelligence sources and methods, and could ‘gravely impact’ U.S. national security….”
What to do? If, heaven forbid, another successful terrorist attack were to take place on U.S. soil, we may be certain that some of our citizens that are worrying about NSA listening to their phone calls and reading their emails will want to know why our intelligence agencies failed to protect us.
And I’m willing to bet not many would favor clemency if an attack were to happen and the success of such an attack could be laid at the feet of Mr. Snowden.