WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senior Republican lawmakers say terrorists are already changing their behavior after leaks about classified U.S. data gathering programs.
Rep. Mike Rogers offered no details, but says the revelations might also “make it harder to track bad guys trying to harm U.S. citizens.” The House intelligence committee chairman says it’s part of the damage from disclosures by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of two NSA programs, which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on U.S. networks.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee used similar language in criticizing Snowden. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says the leaks will enable “bad guys” to figure out a way around some U.S. intelligence methods.
Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May and has granted some interviews since then, saying he hopes to stay there and fight any charges that may yet be filed against him.