Snowden, who is now living in exile in Russia, blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago.
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National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out.Snowden's defenders maintain that the U.S. government has exaggerated the damage his disclosures caused.Melstad said damage has been observed or verified in five categories of information the U.S. government keeps classified to protect national security.According to Melstad, Snowden-disclosed documents have put U.S. personnel or facilities at risk around the world, damaged intelligence collection efforts, exposed tools used to amass intelligence, destabilized U.S. partnerships abroad and exposed U.S. intelligence operations, capabilities and priorities.He said the way that intelligence targets adapt based on information revealed and the impact on how the U.S. collects intelligence could continue for years. But he said that any damage that Snowden caused to U.S. intelligence partners abroad would have been felt immediately after the disclosures began in 2013 .Snowden supporters say that the government is exaggerating when it claims he took more than one million documents and that far fewer have actually been disclosed.
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