ISIS Using Leaked Snowden Info To Evade U.S. Intelligence
A former top official for the National Security Agency says the terrorist group ISIS has “clearly” capitalized on the voluminous leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and the group is exploiting the top-secret disclosures to evade U.S. intelligence.
[su_center_ad]Because they now know how to avoid detection, Islamic State killers are harder to find and track.
The Washington Times reports:
Chris Inglis was the NSA’s deputy director during Mr. Snowden’s flood of documents to the news media last year. Mr. Snowden disclosed how the agency eavesdrops, including spying on Internet communications such as emails and on the Web’s ubiquitous social media.
Asked by The Washington Times if the Islamic State has studied Mr. Snowden’s documents and taken action, Mr. Inglis answered, “Clearly.”
The top-secret spill has proven ready-made for the Islamic State (also referred to as ISIL or ISIS). It relies heavily on Internet channels to communicate internally and to spread propaganda.
Mr. Snowden “went way beyond disclosing things that bore on privacy concerns,” Mr. Inglis said. “‘Sources and methods’ is what we say inside the intelligence community — the means and methods we use to hold our adversaries at risk, and ISIL is clearly one of those.
“Having disclosed all of those methods, or at least some degree of those methods, it would be impossible to imagine that, as intelligent as they are in the use of technology, in the employment of communications for their own purposes, it’s impossible to imagine that they wouldn’t understand how they might be at risk to intelligence services around the world, not the least of which is the U.S. And they necessarily do what they think is in their best interest to defend themselves,” he added.
Matthew G. Olsen, who directs the National Counterterrorism Center, is also frustrated by the damage Snowden has done.
“Following the disclosure of the stolen NSA documents, terrorists are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance. They are moving to more secure communications platforms, using encryption and avoiding electronic communications altogether,” Olsen, a former NSA general counsel, said on Wednesday at the Brookings Institution. “This is a problem for us in many areas where we have limited human collection and depend on intercepted communications to identify and disrupt plots.”
While some have tried to paint Mr. Snowden as a hero, others know there are security measures and tactics implemented for our country which must be kept underwraps. That is, if we want to remain safe.
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