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Former NSA Official: Snowden’s Actions ‘Clearly’ Helped ISIS

One of the chief complaints about the Edward Snowden leaks is that making such intel secrets known has helped terrorists avoid detection and thus making them a bigger threat to U.S. national security. And now a former high-ranking official at the National Security Agency is saying that Snowden’s actions have actually been very useful for ISIS.

In comments made to The Washington Times, former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis said that Snowden “clearly” helped ISIS because he helped expose “the means and methods we use to hold our adversaries at risk,” and now ISIS can use that to their advantage.

He continues:

“Having disclosed all of those methods, or at least some degree of those methods, it would be impossible to imagine that, as intelligent as they are in the use of technology, in the employment of communications for their own purposes, it’s impossible to imagine that they wouldn’t understand how they might be at risk to intelligence services around the world, not the least of which is the U.S. And they necessarily do what they think is in their best interest to defend themselves.”

Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden also claims that terrorist groups “changed communications practices and patterns of terrorist groups following the Snowden revelations.”

[h/t The Wire]
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