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‘Snowden’s leaks most serious in US history’
AFP
Washington, October 27, 2013
First Published: 00:46 IST(27/10/2013)
Last Updated: 00:53 IST(27/10/2013)

Leaks from Edward Snowden have helped America’s adversaries and represent the most serious breach of classified information in US history, the CIA’s former number-two ranking official said.

Michael Morrell, who served as deputy director and acting director of the CIA, on Friday in an interview told CBS television’s “60 Minutes” program me that the former intelligence contractor’s disclosures have damaged efforts to track possible terror threats.

“What Edward Snowden did - has put Americans at greater risk - because terrorists learn from leaks and they will be more careful, and we will not get the intelligence we would have gotten otherwise,” said Morrell. Morrell said the Snowden  was a traitor to his country. “I think this is the most serious leak — the most serious compromise of classified information in the history of the US intelligence community,” he said.


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