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All right well back here the head of the National Security Agency is now saying that the damage to the US Intel community.
By fugitive -- -- -- is quote irresponsible.
And irreversible in his opinion -- intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge is streaming live in Aspen Colorado hello Catherine.
Well thank you Martha good morning on the second day of the Aspen security forum.
The director of the NSA general Keith Alexander said the damage is irreversible and he said there's no concrete evidence.
It terrorist groups have begun to change their strategy because in effect the Ennis said leaks have provided a road -- to the US surveillance strategy.
What we're doing is we're telling them here's our playbook here's how we're stopping you perhaps if you tried -- different -- you'd be successful.
And that's just plain crazy.
What we're doing is you're responsible in this area.
It I think it's significant and irreversible damage to our nation.
Lesson -- new information about the NSA leaker Edwards Snowden.
In addition to being a systems administrator general Alexander confirmed.
That one of his jobs was to move sweeping amounts of data in between the networks.
To facilitate information sharing and -- that helps explain how Edwards Snowden.
Had so much access to classified information that really touched every element of the intelligence community -- -- Yeah -- so how did they defend these programs saying -- and well one -- -- key headlines and we had this from one of the former directors of national intelligence Dennis Blair is that -- 2009.
The NSA went to the telecoms inside the United States.
And asked them if they would have pulled the phone logs of American citizens what's often referred to as the metadata.
And the telecoms refused and that left the NSA and the US government in the position of holding the bag on the record one of the most controversial elements.
Of the domestic surveillance programs.
And general Alexander said that these programs need to be secret.
Because when you look at the foreign threat overseas what you find is that there -- a number of threads that always come back.
Inside the domestic United States.
The purpose of these programs and the reason we use secrecy is not to hide it from the American people.
Not to hide it from you.
But to hide it from those who walk among you who are trying to kill you.
Well we heard increasingly from critics here at the security conference.
Is that the NSA program seem to show a lack of efficiency and they point specifically to the Boston Marathon bombing marked.
I it's just Saint Catherine thank you --
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