US officials confirmed to CNN today that there appears to be a new leaker in the federal government funneling classified government documents to journalists, pointing to Jeremy Scahill‘s in-depth article about terrorism watchlists, published earlier today, as proof.
Scahill, whose article paints a damning picture of the inefficient and invasive nature of the Terrorist Screening Database, accused the government of leaking the story to the AP to pre-empt their own and soften its impact. Tellingly, Scahill cites documents from the National Counterterrorism Center published in August of 2013 — long after Edward Snowden, the man responsible for the biggest intelligence leak in US history, had fled the country for Russia.
Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Snowden leaks and also edits The Intercept, hinted back in July that there was likely another leaker in the federal government. At this point, the US government doesn’t know who it is, but told CNN that they were “investigating” the source of the leaks.
Watch the report below via CNN:
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