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 trove of classified documents he disclosed keep trickling out. (AP Photo, File)

Costs of Snowden leak still mounting 5 years later

June 04, 2018 - 12:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is Edward Snowden a whistleblower, traitor, leaker or public hero?

The National Security Agency contractor blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out.

That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan and on how the NSA targeted bitcoin users to gather intelligence to combat narcotics and money laundering. The Intercept, an investigative publication with access to Snowden documents, published stories on both subjects.

The top U.S. counterintelligence official said journalists have released only about 1 percent taken by the 34-year-old American, now living in exile in Russia, "so we don't see this issue ending anytime soon.".

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