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Loose Lips Sink Ships, But What About Cybersecurity Leaks

The national security establishment is outraged about a spate of intelligence leaks and the impact they are viewed as having on our national security.

When Edward Snowden, a Booz Allen contractor at the National Security Agency, leaked details of programs to collect telephone metadata and (under a program called PRISM) mass Internet data, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the leaks had caused “long-lasting and irreversible damage to U.S. national security.”

These leaks were then followed by NBC’s reports that former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright is under investigation for alleged leaks about the so-called Operation Olympic Games, in which a computer worm famously known as Stuxnet was used to attack the Iranian uranium enrichment program. Jane Harman, former Democratic congresswoman and House Intelligence Committee chairwoman, now CEO of the Wilson Center, said, "I think [the leak] had devastating consequences.”

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