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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/officials-alert-foreign-services-that-snowden-has-documents-on-their-cooperation-with-us/2013/10/24/930ea85c-3b3e-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html

Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.

Uncredited/AP - U.S. officials say documents taken from military spy agencies by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden could, if disclosed, compromise the operations or embarrass countries that do not wish to be seen as cooperating with the United States.

By Ellen Nakashima, Thursday, October 24, 2:23 PM E-mail the writer

U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials.

Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of documents, some of which contain sensitive material about collection programs against adversaries such as Iran, Russia and China. Some refer to operations that in some cases involve countries not publicly allied with the United States.

The revelation about spying on an ally is causing a diplomatic headache for the United States.

The process of informing officials in capital after capital about the risk of disclosure is delicate. In some cases, one part of the cooperating government may know about the collaboration while others — such as the foreign ministry — may not, the officials said. The documents, if disclosed, could compromise operations, officials said.

The notifications come as the Obama administration is scrambling to placate allies after allegations that the NSA has spied on foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reports have forced the administration to play down operations targeting friends while also attempting to preserve other programs that depend on provisional partners. In either case, trust in the United States may be compromised.

“It is certainly a concern, just as much as the U.S. collection [of information on European allies] being put in the news, if not more, because not only does it mean we have the potential of losing collection, but also of harming relationships,” a congressional aide said.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is handling the job of informing the other intelligence services, the officials said. ODNI declined to comment.

In one case, for instance, the files contain information about a program run from a NATO country against Russia that provides valuable intelligence for the U.S. Air Force and Navy, said one U.S. official, who requested anonymity to discuss an ongoing criminal investigation. Snowden faces theft and espionage charges.

“If the Russians knew about it, it wouldn’t be hard for them to take appropriate measures to put a stop to it,” the official said.

Snowden lifted the documents from a top-secret network run by the Defense Intelligence Agency and used by intelligence arms of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

Snowden took 30,000 documents that involve the intelligence work of one of the services, the official said. He gained access to the documents through the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, or JWICS, for top-secret/sensitive compartmented information, the sources said.

The material in question does not deal with NSA surveillance but primarily with standard intelligence about other countries’ military capabilities, including weapons systems — missiles, ships and jets, the officials say.

Although Snowden obtained a large volume of documents, he is not believed to have shared all of them with journalists, sources say. Moreover, he has stressed to those he has given documents that he does not want harm to result.

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A friend of Edward Snowden did an AMA on Reddit not long ago. He implied that the flood gates have not even been opened yet as far as leaks go. They want to shut him down bad.

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A friend of Edward Snowden did an AMA on Reddit not long ago. He implied that the flood gates have not even been opened yet as far as leaks go. They want to shut him down bad.

The bad part is that we spied on our friends. You don't do that. Having said that, what Snowden is doing is wrong. Now the enemy will find ways to get around our spying..
GOP House members came to Paul Ryan to be Speaker. He didn't come to them. And he was everybody's conservative darling back in 2012. So unless 1 of the remaining 240 wants to step up & do a better job in budgeting & negotiations & herding the party cats, then everybody please STFU. You go to battle with the army you have, not the one you want but don't have.

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Snowden may be seeking asylum in Germany, which is contemplating questioning him - but probably won't - according to Der Spiegel
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The bad part is that we spied on our friends. You don't do that.

Everybody spies on 'friends'.

There are no 'friends', only 'interests'...


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The bad part is that we spied on our friends. You don't do that. Having said that, what Snowden is doing is wrong. Now the enemy will find ways to get around our spying..

Actually, everyone keeps tabs on their friends; it's not the mere fact that the US was keeping tabs, it's that the US was spending more time and effort spying on its allies than it was on its enemies.

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In either case, trust in the United States may be compromised.

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