By Personal Liberty News Desk - March 28, 2014
Michael Daniel, the special assistant to the President for cyber security, told an assembly of soon-to-be Naval officers today that it will take many years – decades, in fact – to undo the National Security damage done by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who allegedly absconded with and leaked a trove of sensitive data.
“Make no mistake: We are going to be dealing with the fallout from that for all of your careers, and the impact that that has had on our national security will reverberate for decades,” said Daniel in an Annapolis, Md. Speech today. “…I think it would be very valuable for us to actually understand in much greater detail everything that was taken.”
Snowden’s public characterization will be a polarizing debate for as long as his actions hold a place in the Nation’s memory. Some will always believe his revelations of the extent of the government’s domestic spying apparatus represent the desperately heroic actions of a patriot. Others believe he crippled America’s ability to conceal from enemy states its various powers of surveillance, and imperiled the safety of American soldier and civilians alike.