5 years on, US government still counting Snowden leak costs

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FILE – In this file image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow. Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago. The 34-year-old is living in exile in Russia, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s been five years since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. surveillance methods, but the classified material he took is still trickling out and the U.S. government is still tracking it.

The top U.S. counterintelligence official says intelligence agencies have just finished their seventh classified assessment of the damage they claim the Snowden disclosures have caused to national security.

Bill Evanina says journalists with the Snowden cache have publicly released only a fraction of what Snowden took.

Snowden’s defenders say the U.S. has long exaggerated the damage he’s done.

But the government says Snowden disclosures have put U.S. personnel or facilities at risk around the world, damaged intelligence collection efforts, exposed tools used to amass intelligence and destabilized U.S. partnerships abroad.

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