Washington, December 3 (RHC)-- Former U.S. National Security Agency director Michael Hayden says Edward Snowden has created a "catastrophic" situation for U.S. intelligence agencies. Snowden, who has disclosed secrets about NSA’s surveillance programs, has created a "doomsday cache" of government secrets that would release to the public should he be incarcerated or harmed, according to media reports.
Speaking with Fox News, the retired general said he has "no reason to doubt" those reports, but added that the looming threat of future disclosures should not prevent the U.S. from pursuing Snowden. Hayden said abandoning the effort to capture Snowden would be like "negotiating with terrorists."
Snowden, a former NSA contractor, began leaking classified intelligence documents in June. The leaks revealed that the NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Americans, as well as the email content of messages going overseas. In August, Russia granted him asylum for one year.
Meanwhile, the United Nations will launch an investigation into the massive surveillance programs of American and British intelligence agencies, according to a report by the Guardian. The inquiry will then make a series of recommendations to the UN General Assembly next year.
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