CIA Director: Worship of Leakers like Snowden Increasing Intelligence Leaks


CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in an MSNBC interview Saturday that he believes the leaking of secret U.S. intelligence is increasing, driven in part by what he called "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden.

Pompeo said, "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated. I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase."

Pompeo also pointed out that it's no longer just other governments trying to get classified American information, explaining, "You now have . . . non-state, hostile intelligence services, well-funded -- folks like WikiLeaks, out there trying to steal American secrets for the sole purpose of undermining the United States and democracy."

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