The former head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, has claimed numerous times that Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA's vast spying programs on innocent American citizens and overseas allies has put the U.S. at serious risk.
Alexander told Fox News last Tuesday that Snowden's NSA leaks could cost lives.
"I think this will haunt [Snowden] for the rest of his life," claimed Alexander. "Here's a young guy who made some huge mistakes."
However, Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists that Edward Snowden originally contacted, noted today on The Intercept that the NSA is gladly leaking secret information about its programs in order to help its poor public image.
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Greenwald points to a glowing article about the NSA and Alexander in The Los Angeles Times, which states:
In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only about half of enemy signals and taking hours to process them to being able to collect, sort and make available every Iraqi email, text message and phone-location signal in real time, said John “Chris” Inglis, who recently retired as the NSA’s top civilian.
The overhaul, which Alexander ordered shortly after taking leadership of the agency in August 2005, enabled U.S. ground commanders to find out when an insurgent leader had turned on his cellphone, where he was and whom he was calling.
However, this has never been revealed before, says Greenwald, who writes, "Inglis just revealed to the world that the NSA was–is?–intercepting every single email, text message, and phone-location signal in real time for the entire country of Iraq."
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"Obviously, the fact that the NSA has this capability, and used it, is Top Secret," added Greenwald. "What authority did Chris Inglis have to disclose this? Should a Department of Justice leak investigation be commenced?"
In 2013, The Washington Post also featured NSA-authorized leaks by the NSA, which bragged how the spy agency was helping the U.S. government kill people, suspected of terrorism, overseas.
Alexander, who retired last Friday, also tooted his own horn and slammed millions of Americans who do not wish to be secretly spied upon by the NSA.
"I think our nation has drifted into the wrong place," said Alexander. "We need to recognize that those who are working to protect our nation are not the bad people."
"What the Church and Pike committees found [was] that people were doing things that were wrong," added Alexander. "That's not happening here."
However, a federal judge ruled in December 2013 that the telephone spying by the NSA “likely” violates the US Constitution, reported McClatchydc.com.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said in January that the NSA spying program was ineffective and illegal. The board recommended “that the government end the program,” reported MSNBC.