The office of the Director of National Intelligence on Sunday said they have referred to the Department of Justice a government contractor’s claims that he leaked information about top-secret U.S. surveillance programs.
“We have seen the latest report from The Guardian that identifies an individual claiming to have disclosed information about highly classified intelligence programs in recent days,” the office said in a statement. “Because the matter has been referred to the Department of Justice, we refer you to the Department of Justice for comment on any further specifics of the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by a person with authorized access. The Intelligence Community is currently reviewing the damage that has been done by these recent disclosures. Any person who has a security clearance knows that he or she has an obligation to protect classified information and abide by the law.”
The British newspaper earlier Sunday said that Edward Snowden, an employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who worked with the National Security Agency, was the source who exposed the widespread collection of U.S. phone and Internet records by the Obama administration.
Snowden is now in Hong Kong, where he is hoping to avoid extradition back to the United States.