U.S. intelligence chief to Edward Snowden: Turn over all documents now
January 29th, 2014
12:46 PM ET

U.S. intelligence chief to Edward Snowden: Turn over all documents now

By Tom Cohen

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Wednesday asked classified leaker Edward Snowden and his accomplices to turn over any intelligence documents they have yet to make public, warning that terrorists and other foes were "going to school" on information from disclosures so far.

Clapper spoke at a Senate hearing on the annual report of worldwide threats, and his opening statement outlined a series of crises and challenges around the world that he called the most significant he has ever experienced.

He said Snowden's disclosures have put U.S. intelligence operations and citizens at risk.

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, is in Russia seeking permanent asylum to avoid U.S. criminal charges over the leaking of classified documents that exposed surveillance programs, including the collection of phone records for possible use in terrorism investigations.

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  1. Wade Killelea

    very nice post, i definitely love this web site, keep on it


    February 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  2. Dave

    Snowden is a hero in my mind. I'm tired of the lies and half truths of our government. The classify so much crap it is insane. I've read nothing that has been leaked that is of value. We have to be the most paranoid nation of all times!

    February 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  3. GlueBall

    Beetle-brain James Cr@pper again is hiding behind the terrorist paranoia; he can't explain why his agency needs to harvest and forever store EVERY American citizen's personal communications and internet activity to "protect" us.

    February 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  4. Texan

    Well Edward, I hope you had a nice Christmas and New Year! Being that you're away from your family and decent hard working Americans because you're a traitor.

    January 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Such is to be expected from someone like you with your obvious limitations, Texan. You sound like a hateful Tea Partier. Are you one by some chance?

      January 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • NEWNEReview

      Most enlightened Americans disagree with your opinions.

      February 2, 2014 at 9:46 am | Reply
    • John Kirkup

      Just another ignorant Texan – goes to prove that they are everywhere – Grade Four must have been too difficult !

      February 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • GlueBall

      Sleepy "TEXAN" seems to have no problem in surrendering more of his freedom in exchange for added "security." I wonder how "TEXAN" will react when his big-brother surveillance government confiscates his gun, because the next mission of big government will be to disarm its citizens.

      February 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Socrates

      Texan? Are you from Bush's land? Read this. Snowden sacrifices a good life in his country and went to live in exile, he did it for his countrymen, unfortunately he included people like you.

      February 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Reply
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    January 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  6. Greg Keener of Riverview, FL

    Someone just needs to murder Clapper already.

    January 29, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      On the other hand Greg, I think James Clapper needs to be incarcerated for the rest of his miserable life and never see the light of day again!!!

      January 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  7. Greg Keener of Riverview, FL

    Clapper just needs to be murdered already.

    January 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  8. blj

    If the head of U.S. intelligence wants to you to do something these days, the right thing to do is the exact opposite. Godspeed Mr. Snowden. One of the last patriots in the world where most people have forgotten the meaning of the word.

    Clapper and the entire NSA has proven to be corrupt beyond measure and should be on trial for high treason.

    January 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  9. George patton

    Snowden must surrender himself to US authorities. nuf said.

    January 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you Phunnie boy, for trying to make me look stupid. Edward Snowden did this country a great favor and you know it! He sorely needs to be exonerated and that's all there is to it!!! Moreover, it's James Clapper and his unsavory henchmen who need to be indicted and tried.

      January 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  10. George patton

    Evidently CNN didn't like what I said in favor of Edward Snowden since my post has been blocked.

    January 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Sorry folks, I did not say that. CNN never blocks my posts.

      January 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  11. Jake from Canada

    I have generally positive feelings about Edward Snowden. I believe that the conversation the Government and it's representatives are having right now is entirely due to his revelations. I believe that he has served the purpose that he set out to do. However, there may be some things that do not pertain to DOMESTIC spying which he shouldn't disclose and can hamper some anti-terrorism measures. I don't think that the U.S. Government should be spying on it's allied leaders, but maybe some leaders of foreign powers that aren't so friendly might be a good idea. Maybe it is time for Mr. Snowden to stop, unless he has further revelations of Government overreach in terms of Domestic spying. Otherwise, the military may find a way to blame him for an attack in the future. You'll know that they'll at least try.

    January 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Random

      As usual our canadian friends have a pretty logical view of the reality at hand.

      January 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Reply
      • shamus

        Our Canadian Government, ( Harper, and his gang of merry men) have done the very same spying on us. and it should be exposed that they have been doing it a long time, Snowden did the American people a favor by exposing the underhanded actions their Government committed, but there needs to be a line, when you expose government files to the public and enemies can gain traction, and the result is the death of American service personnel, or breeding terror from an otherwise friendly country, i think there needs to be some discussion on that.

        February 1, 2014 at 4:40 am |
  12. Random

    If you had a way to succeed at generating change, and not getting put down for stealing and publicizing secret info this is probably the last chance they are going to give you. People understand what they did. All you are doing now is damaging the country. At the end of the day this is my country, not the NSA's and if you turned down this opportunity I have nothing to say to the congressmen who opted to off you.

    January 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • jedlonstein

      Damaging the country ! The NSA have denied everything the country is supposed to stand for. If Germany had been tapping Obama's phone as the USA has been tapping Angela Merkels it would be considered an act of war. As the USA continues to weaken and drown in it's debt to the new superpower-China, it is time to show some humility or perish in your own self-deluding propaganda. Carry on with the torture and imprisonment without trial, carry on with phone tapping and spying on your allies, carry on with maxing out your credit cards and producing nothing while outsourcing the real work to the children of poor nations, carry on printing money. History shows where the USA is headed. Who needs slavery at home when you can outsource it. Who needs a free press while Murdoch continues to feed America what it wants to hear. 1/10 in poverty a 1/6 obese and millions in prison for three minor offences Hail Wall St !Not alot of Americans know this but the highest standard of living is in Norway not USA. Keep watching reruns of Different Strokes while we the world progress

      January 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Reply
      • Random

        Only thing I really disagree with is the 'act of war' lines on spying. Sorry bud even your own precious norwegian gov does it.
        The rest well im not fat and i have no credit card so your stats dont really apply.

        January 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
    • John Tuttle

      So, exposing the rampant and wide-spread abuses of the government is "damaging the country"? I'd say that started happening years ago, when someone in charge decided it was okay to violate the law of the land and spy on its citizens.

      If you want to talk about damaging the country, riddle me this: if the government has been spying on everything going on in-countryas well as with foreign powers for the last ten years, that would mean they knew about the Boston bombers. Why didn't someone stop them?

      January 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Random

        If you are here talking about it , he has exposed it. We know. Point taken. Job done. Anything more is not necessary.

        January 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm |
    • Random

      Personally I hope he does some soul searching. If he stops he kind of did win. We are all talking about this, and there were some legitimate things he SHOULD have exposed. LOTS of what he is doing has no purpose. Even he has called what is happening a victory. So chill out and relax man.

      Think logically. You are the only source of feedback for proposed changes. IF you force their hand and refuse to stop now that you made the change you desired, if they kill you, who do we have to look to for feedback on the changes? You are doing us no favors no matter how you hash it. The debate RAGES here. You won. But I demand they stop the leaks. It has gone to far. It IS making me live in more danger than I was in before you. Regardless of if the program ever made us safer, you exposing it made us less safe. Now it is exposed. Quit while you are ahead. If you gave back the data and stopped releasing more Im sure most people would defend your life. Right now though you have put me in more danger than I was in .

      January 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • regenesis0


        January 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm |
      • Me

        I feel more safer with people like snowden looking out for us. I am more afraid go our gov. Than snowden

        January 30, 2014 at 11:51 am |

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