Feds Think There's a New Snowden in Our Midst

Someone appears to be leaking sensitive US documents again

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 6, 2014 7:00 AM CDT | Updated Aug 6, 2014 8:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A story published by Glenn Greenwald's Intercept, which has published the leaks of none other than Edward Snowden, contains information from national security documents dating back to August 2013—after Snowden fled the US, and thus an indication that there's a new leaker in town. The newly leaked documents are labeled "Secret" and "NOFORN," meaning no sharing with foreign governments, both of which are lower clearance levels than the "Top Secret" docs Snowden accessed, reports CNN. One Government Accountability Office study has found that more than 3.2 million people were approved in recent years to access "Secret" and higher clearance docs. Said Greenwald himself last month: "I have no doubt there will be other sources inside the government who see extreme wrongdoing who are inspired by Edward Snowden."

The Intercept's main takeaway is that the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) has grown to more than a million names, nearly double its level when the underwear bomber tried to blow up a plane on Christmas 2009. Other revelations include, as per the New York Times: 3,258 people are "known or suspected terrorists" in the war in Syria, including 41 Americans; 50,466 people are linked to al-Qaeda; 62,794 to the Taliban; 21,199 to Hezbollah; 21,913 to Hamas; and 280,000 names on the list have no listed affiliation with a terrorist group. The no-fly list holds 47,000 names, 800 of which are Americans. (Snowden is now claiming that the NSA shares some pretty intimate pics of people under surveillance.)

In this May 27, 2014, file photo, Edward Snowden speaks to NBC News. Snowden told Williams that he worked undercover and overseas for the CIA and the NSA.
In this May 27, 2014, file photo, Edward Snowden speaks to NBC News. Snowden told Williams that he worked undercover and overseas for the CIA and the NSA.   (AP Photo/NBC News)
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