Edward Snowden

DOD Claims Snowden Leaks Helped Terrorists

Since the report is classified, though, we cannot analyze the evidence

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Edward Snowden's leaks about National Security Agency programs have put U.S. troops at risk and prompted terrorists to change their tactics, according to a classified Pentagon report.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Mich.) said that the Pentagon report found a significant portion of the 1.7 million documents Snowden took were related to current U.S. military operations.

Rogers said the Pentagon report concluded that Snowden's disclosures place U.S. forces at greater risk, and that his actions "are likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field."

"Snowden handed terrorists a copy of our country's playbook and now we are paying the price, which this report confirms," Ruppersberger said in a statement. "His actions aligned him with our enemy. We have begun to see terrorists changing their methods because of the leaks and this report indicates that the harm to our country and its citizens will only continue to endure."