September 5, 2014 12:00 pm -

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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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

34 responses to ISIS Using Leaked Snowden Info To Evade U.S. Intelligence

  1. Reconmarine7 September 5th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Good Lord, is there ANYONE that Obama won’t use as a scapegoat? NO ONE leaks more INTEL thank Obama’s own administration.

    • edmeyer_able September 5th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Weren’t you complaining that Obama was the “least transparent ” administration since Madison?

      • Reconmarine7 September 5th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

        No that wasn’t me. I was the one who said he was the most ignorant and incompetent.

        • Anomaly 100 September 5th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

          Of course you did.

        • edmeyer_able September 5th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

          Come on watch those video’s of W and tell me you’re not LYAO and shaking your head.

        • raincheck September 5th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

          You mean compared to that genius, George Bush?

        • Nomad September 6th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    • DdKruse September 5th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Is there anything people WON’T blame Obama for? I lost my car keys, do you think he had something to do with that too?

      • edmeyer_able September 5th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        Look on top of the fridge.

        • Anomaly 100 September 5th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

          Oooo you’re with the NSA, aren’t you? I knew it!

        • Tommy6860 September 5th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

          Be sure that it’s the fridge in the White House kitchen :P.

      • Reconmarine7 September 5th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        So nothing negative that has happened since he’s been smelling up the White House has been his fault…right?

  2. Tom Ward September 5th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    So? I much prefer that information being available to the public. The government still scares me more than ISIS. I don’t know why Obama and Biden responded to such a pathetic albeit barbaric cry for attention from ISIS. These people are on the same maturity level as people who shoot up schools

    • edmeyer_able September 5th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      So you’re okay w/the occasional plane flying into a skyscraper or bomb going off at the Super Bowl? btw did you enjoy those pictures of Jennifer Lawrence?

    • Tommy6860 September 5th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Funny how the wingers fear their freakish perception of our Dear Leader, but of those dark secrets you object to, were perfectly OK under a leader who couldn’t even negotiate eating a pretzel without taking himself out.

    • mea_mark September 5th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      The oligarchy scares me more than the government and ISIL combined.

      • edmeyer_able September 5th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        This question was posted on the AJ Stream yesterday, this was my reply

        Question was…..
        Would you decide what to purchase based on a company’s political contributions?
        My answer….. Between Political contributions & products made overseas I’m going to have to live in a cave & weave underwear from vines.

      • R.J. Carter September 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        Would that be the queen, the Vatican, the Rothschilds, the Getties, and Colonel Sanders (before he went teats up)?

        • Khary A September 5th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

          Ahh yes the Colonel with his wee beady eyes.

    • Obewon September 5th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Tom anybody paying attention for decades learned nothing new from Snowden’s leaks regarding Reagan’s Executive Order 12333–United States intelligence activities since Dec. 4, 1981, GWB’s Patriot act and 2008’s made legal updated FISA court authorizations that only surveil about 300 US citizens annually. ISIS uses Russian comrade Ed Snowden leaked Info to evade U.S. Intelligence! GOP’s last best Tea Klan hope is Putin / Palin in 2016~

    • Chinese Democracy September 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      boy you have to twist your ideology into a pretzel to find a way to bash Obama.. well played

  3. Kick Frenzy September 5th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This is exactly the type of situation I was worried about happening when the leaks first happened.
    Some transparency is good, but divulging secrets on how we keep ourselves secure is just not a good idea.

    Screw you, Snowden.

  4. raincheck September 5th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Terrorists have known these things for years…. That’s why people like Osama used couriers instead of electronic devices, etc. to communicate. I don’t buy it…

    • Herb Sarge Phelps September 5th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      OK let’s examine your concern, please tell us where you think the line is and where it should be. It is a nasty business and works in gray areas that are hard to know what is right and what is wrong. Thanks to you maybe we can clear those gray areas.

      • raincheck September 5th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

        First of all I didn’t express a concern.. so there isn’t one to “examine” I expressed an “opinion” I can’t say I agree with what he did 100% But I am glad to know to what degree our Government is collecting data on the citizens of our country. Here is my “concern” I haven’t seen PROOF that anyone was endangered by the leaking of this information. I don’t feel threatened enough by terrorists to give up my personal information to be collected and stored. If you want to live in fear that’s your decision. Perhaps YOU can explain in detail what you think is a “nasty business that works in grey area’s that are hard to know what is right and what is wrong” sounds like rhetorical bullsh*t if you ask me.. soooo mysterious. If you want to make smart-ass comments like “Thanks to you maybe we can clear up those gray area’s” Then don’t bother trying to engage me in a debate.. because you really don’t want one… you just want to be a “smart-ass”

        • Herb Sarge Phelps September 5th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

          good in that case you are just babbling and not based on any real evidence or conviction. Now I get it and if asking for backing of your statement is being a smart-ass then maybe it is better to be that to be a dumb one.

          • raincheck September 5th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

            “maybe it is better to be that to be a dumb one” [sic]
            I’M babbling?

            They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

            Benjamin Franklin

  5. BillTheCat45 September 5th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I’m sure Comrade Eddie is concerned, as he sips his Borscht and potato vodka in his Putin supplied dacha. Da!

    • M D Reese September 5th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      It’ll be interesting to watch what happens when Putin finds him no longer useful or amusing.

  6. Herb Sarge Phelps September 5th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Snowden is no hero. He is a punk who instead of providing information to the public that we should know provided information to our enemies that didn’t hurt the public except to expose what would weaken our intelligence gathering. I agree we need to protected from this arm of government in the interest of our rights, but not in the interest of our enemies gains. Greenwald and Snowden put their interest in front of ours and wanted fame and fortune even at the nation’s expense.

  7. Chinese Democracy September 5th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I personally cant take the Washington Times seriously. I put them at the World Net Daily credibility level

    • Nomad September 6th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Exactly. What’s next? The New York Post?

  8. Marcus Shelton September 5th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    And yet where has the largest leaks of personal information come from to be used with malicious intent…From guys like Snowden.