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BY: Bill Gertz
Damage to U.S. electronic intelligence-gathering capabilities caused by renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has increased over the past year, a senior U.S. counterintelligence official disclosed on Wednesday.
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Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, also said President Trump could expel additional Russian intelligence officers still operating in the United States to further punish Moscow for election meddling.
Additionally, Evanina said during a speech at a Washington think tank that the federal government is conducting a long-term damage assessment of the 2015 cyber attack against the Office of Personnel Management carried out by China.
OPM - Data - Breach - Records - Workers
The OPM data breach compromised sensitive records of more than 22 million federal workers, including people who provided personal information as part of applications for security clearances.
The counterintelligence official also blamed unspecified government "policymakers" for the failure during the Obama administration to conduct counterintelligence operations aimed at the Russian cyber and influence operations during the 2016 presidential election.
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On Snowden, Evanina said counterintelligence officials are finishing the seventh intelligence community damage assessment regarding the theft of some 1.7 million NSA top-secret documents.
The assessments are highly classified and have been read by only a handful of senior U.S. officials, he said.
Snowden - Job - Hawaii - Hong - Kong
Snowden fled his NSA job in Hawaii in 2013 for Hong Kong and later Moscow after downloading classified documents and providing them to reporters in what he said was an effort to expose improper NSA surveillance of Americans.
A House Intelligence Committee report in 2016 called the Snowden disclosures "the largest and most damaging release of classified information in intelligence history." The vast majority of the stolen documents had nothing to do with programs impacting Americans' personal privacy interests, and most compromised military, defense, and intelligence programs and assisted American adversaries, the report said.
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The NSA contractor used his network access as a computer system administration...
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