Officials: NSA Leaks Undermine Public Trust

Sen. Wyden: Surveillance and Lies Are Undermining Trust

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was at the Senate Intelligence Committee today, and spent much of the time railing against Edward Snowden for his “theft of intelligence information.”

He had a mostly sympathetic audience, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) and others mostly on board for keeping the NSA surveillance programs intact, and lamenting the way the leaks “undermine public trust,” and meeting that with nominal “reforms” to quell the growing outrage.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D – OR) took a decidedly different view, and went so far as to state the obvious: that it was the surveillance programs themselves, and the “culture of misinformation” surrounding their cover-up, that had been responsible for really undermining public trust.

Being the voice of reason in a Senate committee means being in the decided minority, however, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R – GA) quickly sought to get the meeting back on topic, angrily complaining about how media coverage of surveillance has “compromised our national security.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of