• Former CIA chief of staff: Snowden is “delusional” and could be “aiding our enemies”

    Politics Confidential

    A former CIA chief of staff says U.S. officials are concerned that NSA leaker Edward Snowden could be “aiding our enemies” by handing over sensitive U.S. intelligence to the Chinese government.

    Jeremy Bash told Politics Confidential that Snowden had access to “very sensitive information” in his job as a government contractor and could do “tremendous damage.” He said the government’s concern goes beyond the documents that were leaked - extending to the knowledge that Snowden still stores in his head.

    “If a foreign government learned everything that was in Edward Snowden's brain, they would have a good window into the way we collect signals intelligence,” Bash said.

    “He has information in his head, he's making threats, he's on the loose," Bash added. "We don't know what other documents he copied, and we don't know who else he's talking to."

    While Bash said that Snowden is “very dangerous,” he also describes him as “delusional.”

    Bash said some of Snowden’s

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  • 561 empty chairs: Ret. Gen. John Allen on the sacrifices of the Afghanistan war

    On the Radar

    Gen. John Allen recently retired from the military following his post as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, but the memories of the 561 troops who died under his command - and the many thousands who were wounded - have not retired from his mind.

    “I think about them every day; I think about them at night,” Allen told On the Radar. “And there's a moment of reflection about those 561 empty chairs around dinner tables.”

    He described the war in Afghanistan as “a conflict of sacrifice” and said his focus now is to make sure the country doesn’t forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    “That's a generational loss because the family will be different, the children will be different,” he said. “That's why this war is so important for America … because every one of those losses has to mean something.”

    During his time as a commander in Afghanistan, Allen attended scores of memorial services, sometimes as often as three times a week. But he said

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  • The Chill Factor: Investigative Reporter Talks US Covert Wars and National Secrets

    Top Line

    As the White House faces questions about secret internet and telephone surveillance programs, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill says, “There's a chill that's been sent through the national security reporting community.”

    Scahill, who investigated the United States’ covert operations in the war against terrorism in a new documentary, “Dirty Wars,” told Top Line in an interview recorded prior to the most recent NSA leaks that sources inside the government have grown fearful of talking to the media.

    “Many sources that I used to be able to talk to through encrypted e-mail or with chats using OTR, off the record software, they won't do it anymore,” Scahill said. “It's either in person or nothing. … There's a real fear on the part of whistleblowers and sources that the Espionage Act is going to come knocking on their door one day under the Noble Peace Prize-winning, Constitutional law professor, Democratic president.”

    In his documentary, Scahill makes the case that the Obama

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