Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden ‘staggering’

Saturday, May 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

• Classified assessment describes impact of leaks as ‘grave’
• Report does not include specific detail to support conclusions
• 12 of 39 heavily redacted pages released after Foia request

Jason Leopold
GuardianUK
Thursday 22 May 2014

A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering”.

The Guardian has obtained a copy of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s classified damage assessment in response to a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) lawsuit filed against the Defense Department earlier this year. The heavily redacted 39-page report was prepared in December and is titled “DoD Information Review Task Force-2: Initial Assessment, Impacts Resulting from the Compromise of Classified Material by a Former NSA Contractor.”

But while the DIA report describes the damage to US intelligence capabilities as “grave”, the government still refuses to release any specific details to support this conclusion. The entire impact assessment was redacted from the material released to the Guardian under a presidential order that protects classified information and several other Foia exemptions.

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