Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor? Well, the debate rages on amongst us, but one this is clear: his leaks helped terrorists. According to a classified Pentagon report obtained by The Hill yesterday, the former NSA employee's deeds put our troops abroad in danger. And, they are "likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field," according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan).
The report also says that the leaks "already tipped off our adversaries to the sources and methods of our defense, and hurt U.S. allies helping us with counter terrorism, cyber crime, human and narcotics trafficking, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."
Furthermore, it notes that a large portion of the 1.7 million documents stolen by Snowden contained information about ongoing military operations.
Rep. Rogers said, "though Mr. Snowden and his defenders claim he is only 'defending civil liberties,' the truth is that most of the documents Snowden stole concern vital operations of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force...Snowden handed over great insight to our adversaries, endangering each and every American. Make no mistake, Snowden is no patriot and there is no way to excuse the irreparable harm he caused to America and her allies, and continues to cause."
Right now, Snowden has been charged with espionage and will not be granted amnesty for his acts.