15 votes

Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.

U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials.

Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of documents, some of which contain sensitive material about collection programs against adversaries such as Iran, Russia and China. Some refer to operations that in some cases involve countries not publicly allied with the United States.

The process of informing officials in capital after capital about the risk of disclosure is delicate. In some cases, one part of the cooperating government may know about the collaboration while others — such as the foreign ministry — may not, the officials said. The documents, if disclosed, could compromise operations, officials said.

The notifications come as the Obama administration is scrambling to placate allies after allegations that the NSA has spied on foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reports have forced the administration to downplay operations targeting friends while also attempting to preserve other programs that depend on provisional partners. In either case, trust in the United States may be compromised.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/offici...

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Call me paranoid, but...

...isn't this something like putting a worldwide bounty on Snowden's head?

Makes sense to me

Why would he have done what he did, without having something else in his back pocket. I think this helps him more than puts a bounty on his head. More countries sympathetic to his situation.

Bingo.

Paranoid? Let's just call it another conspiracy theory.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

"In either case, trust in the United States may be compromised."

ya think?