Accuracy in Media

A blockbuster story in the Monday Wall Street Journal reveals the terrible damage National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden has done, enabling Russian “war planners” to avoid detection as they evaded U.S. surveillance and staged the invasion of Ukraine.

At the same time, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), says Snowden’s theft of documents has made it harder for U.S. troops to avoid being maimed or killed by terrorist bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“Some U.S. military and intelligence officials say Russia’s war planners might have used knowledge about the U.S.’s usual surveillance techniques to change communication methods about the looming invasion,” the Journal said in its front page story. “U.S. officials haven’t determined how Russia hid its military plans from U.S. eavesdropping equipment that picks up digital and electronic communications.”

ABC’s “The Note” calls the Journal story a must-read, explaining that the Journal disclosed that “intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn’t intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders or soldiers discussed plans to invade.”

Strangely, however, the story never mentions Edward Snowden, the former intelligence analyst now being controlled by the Russian security agency, the FSB, in Moscow.

Clearly, however, the “knowledge” about U.S. surveillance techniques came from Snowden.

Snowden’s collaborators in the media, who revealed his stolen documents about NSA surveillance of America’s enemies and adversaries, are up for prestigious Pulitzer Prizes when these awards are announced at Columbia University on April 14. AIM has argued that such awards would constitute another black eye for the media and undermine whatever confidence the American people have left in the press.

In a statement to POLITICO about the possibility of Pulitzers being given to Snowden’s mouthpieces in the media, AIM asked, “Specifically, what did Snowden tell the Russian FSB about U.S. capabilities to detect and deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine, or the ability of the U.S. to determine the nature or intentions of the Putin regime?”

The answer is now in. Thanks to Snowden, the U.S. was deceived.

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program on NBC, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) said, “We know today [of] no counterintelligence official in the United States [who] does not believe that Mr. Snowden, the NSA contractor, is not under the influence of Russian intelligence services.”

In a clear reference to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Rogers said, “He is under the influence of Russian intelligence officials today. He is actually supporting in an odd way this very activity of brazen brutality and expansionism of Russia. He needs to understand that. And I think Americans need to understand that. We need to put it in proper context.”

He added that Snowden is “clearly in Moscow, under the influence of intelligence services for a country that is expanding its borders today using military force. I think there’s a lot more questions that need to be answered here.”

The Wall Street Journal said, “America’s vaunted global surveillance is a vital tool for U.S. intelligence services, especially as an early-warning system and as a way to corroborate other evidence. In Crimea, though, U.S. intelligence officials are concluding that Russian planners might have gotten a jump on the West by evading U.S. eavesdropping.”

“Inside Crimea,” it went on, “Russian troops exercised what U.S. officials describe as extraordinary discipline in their radio and cellphone communications. Remarks that were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies revealed no hint of the plans.”

It said, “To close the information gap, U.S. spy agencies and the military are rushing to expand satellite coverage and communications-interception efforts across Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic states. U.S. officials hope the ‘surge’ in assets and analysts will improve tracking of the Russian military and tip off the U.S. to any possible intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin before he acts on them.”

In a March 7 National Public Radio interview, Lt. Gen. Flynn of the DIA mentioned Snowden and said, “If I’m concerned about anything, I’m concerned about defense capabilities that he may have stolen from where he worked, and does that knowledge then get into the hands of our adversaries—in this case, of course, Russia.”

Asked if Snowden got access to “war plans” and the ways and means by which the U.S. gathers intelligence, Flynn said, “The answer to it is we really don’t know. From what we do know, we have to assume the worst case and then begin to make some recommendations to our leadership about how do we mitigate some of the risks that may come from—from what may have been compromised. This is going to be one of these instances where we’re going to be dealing with this for many, many years.”

Flynn went on to say that Snowden had stolen information regarding how U.S. forces are able to “defeat some of these improvised explosive devices,” which have killed and maimed thousands of U.S. soldiers. He said “We know that there’s some evidence that he [Snowden] may have gotten some information about that. And so we have to protect, you know, how we defeat these kind of devices. So we may need to change some of the way we operate.”

The implication is that Snowden’s disclosures will increase the likelihood of more “wounded warriors” from conflicts in the Middle East and around the world.

Yet, at the time Snowden began making his charges, he was hailed by such figures as radio hosts Michael Savage and Glenn Beck as a hero.

Many liberals are also ardent Snowden backers, with a group called Action for a Progressive Future scheduling a Tuesday news conference in Washington to “call for a change in the U.S. government stance toward NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.” One of the participants, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, calls Snowden a patriot.

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  • No RNC

    Wow Cliff has become the mouthpiece for the out of control, corrupt & unconstitutional bunch of intell traitors…trying to blame the intell failures on Snowden is just as stupid as the “War on Terror” crap foisted on the US by these worthless NeoCon POS!

  • VeteranWithCommonSense

    Crimea is like Hawaii, except that Hawaiians resisted annexation and many were murdered. Also, Hawaiians had not considered themselves American for centuries. I’m a proud US veteran and I was a neocon most of my life, but this outrageous US-backed coup in Kiev, together with the US supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Al Qaeda in Syria have turned me off to the brainless fools now collecting taxpayer money from the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and FPI (Foreign Policy Initiative). Congress needs to cut the funding for these organizations which is now over $100 million per year.

    About Snowden, I’ve considered him a traitor until now. Is the author trying to say that, if the US had known that the Russians would lock down Crimea (they were already there) they may have told the black ops group UNA-UNSO not to conduct the coup in February? Yes, timely intelligence would have pretended this entire conflict if that is what the author means. Because the true traitors are the fools who thought it was a good idea to back a violent anti-Russian coup in Ukraine of all places. That could have started WW3.

  • Cris Ortiz

    Snowden is replacing Bush as the new boogeyman for covering up their intelligence overreach and failures. Didn’t you know Snowden gave intelligence to the iceberg which sunk the Titanic?

  • Steve Tanton

    Think you got it wrong Mr. Kincaid – only had to read your title. The real purveyor of Russian aggression is girlie-men, er, I mean Democrats and Barack Hussein Obama is king of the hill.

  • Sangie Nativus

    Worst photoshop ever

  • Russia has a lot of experience in espionage and intelligence. Remember “Moscow Rules”?

    Assuming they simply can’t be that competent is dangerously underestimating them.

  • Stefan Parocki

    it certainly is

  • Sangie Nativus

    Except Bush had a LOT more power in his position than Snowden and actually could have helped/prevented a lot of the issues during his two painfully long terms. Bush was also praised by the american people (remember that time? conservatives loved him but Obama does the same things and they hate him… sheep) and Snowden is despised by much of the media, especially of the vulpine variety.

  • Sangie Nativus

    It instantly told me how fallible this article (and site) is.

  • Sangie Nativus

    girly men…? What kind of sexism garbage is that? I guess it is girly to want to help the poor, improve schooling, and increase respect of the minority..

    Real men are all about tits, beer, guns, trucks, god, AND being a tea bagging douche hole… apparently

  • Sangie Nativus

    Russia isn’t technically invading Ukraine at all. Ukraine and Russia are rather tightly knit and not enemies at all. A friend of mine from Russia sent me photos of Russian soldiers taking photos with Ukraine citizens. I’ll have to find the link. For now, take a look at this:

  • Bob P

    This is BS..because we watched them invade on TV.. This sounds like a story to take down this American hero.

  • nikkkom

    Yeah, all those paratroopers are from Mars. I believe you. Right.

  • Sangie Nativus

    Yeah you totally read that article…

  • Saaby000

    Replacing the Ukrainian navy with Russian troops is in my mind an invasion.

  • Saaby000

    Sounds like you didn’t your regular dose of anal sex today.

  • Some people are trying to sound the alarm that maybe, just maybe, being ruled by Russian proxy MAY not be the best idea for the United States. Cliff is one of those people.

  • Cocerned Commentator

    Not enemies? What cereal box gave you that? Annexation is friendly? Killing a Ukrainian military officer is friendly? Maybe its okay if Putin comes to protect the Russians living in Alaska? Of course it was your comrade from Russia that sent you the photos!

  • Lyle Boggs

    “Accuracy in Media”? Is that a joke? Notice that nowhere in this piece does Mr. Kincaid offer any evidence that Snowden is under the influence of Russian intelligence services. He quotes Mike Rodgers, who offers no evidence. He quotes from anonymous “intelligence” officials from a Wall Street Journal piece that also present no evidence. They seem to think that if they repeat this accusation enough times, it will become accepted as truth. This isn’t journalism. This isn’t accuracy in media. It’s baseless accusations made by anonymous sources and political hacks who are so afraid of foreign threats that they would sacrifice our rights to privacy for the promise of security. It’s shameful fear mongering put forward by a true American dipstick coward. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Mr. Cliff Kincaid. A counterfeit conservative chicken hawk if ever there was one.

  • Luz Vega-Hidalgo

    So Snowden is a hero because he gave secret information to all other governments on the Globe including Russia. And of course we all know what innocent angels they all are, right. None of them have a secret service or spy as the US does. In fact spying was invented by the USA government in the 20th century. Not even the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans or Kings in medieval Europe spied. Only the filthy Americans did it! What harm could Snowden have done handing over some secrets to Russia! It’s a good thing he gave all these secrets to Russia. Russia is a great clean innocent country who has never spied on anyone. The world is a big movie between the good guys and the bad guys. Russia is now the good guys and the USA is the bad guys. Cause in the history of governments none them ever spied. We should be upset that the USA spies. We live in a world with so many wonderful clean hearted governments and this wicked USA has to spy, how strange of the USA. And wonderful Russia. It’s a good thing Snowden told them about the USA. Of course Russia does not have any traitors to tell secrets to the USA because Russia doesn’t spy, it’s as simple as that. Snowden was saving all those good innocent governments form big bad USA.

  • Luz Vega-Hidalgo

    So Snowden is a hero because he gave secret information to all other governments on the Globe including Russia. And of course we all know what innocent angels all the governments of the world(except the USA ) are, right. None of the governments of the world, including Russia, have a secret service, or spy on other governments as the USA does. In fact spying was invented by the USA government in the 20th century. Spying never ever existed in the history of governments in the world until the USA came to be. Not even the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans or Kings in medieval Europe spied. Only the filthy Americans have spied in the history of the world! Hmmmmm… Then what harm could Snowden have done handing over some secrets to Russia? He was trying to save it!
    __ Snowden was trying to save the world, from the big bad USA! He was trying to save all the innocent good governments like Russia from the big bad USA. It’s all as simple as the story of Snow White and the Big bad Witch. The history of Governments are as Black and White as this famous fairy tale. The Bad guys verses the Good guys. It’s a good thing Snowden gave all these secrets to Russia cause Russia is the good guy. It’s a great clean innocent country who has never spied on anyone, and it has the good of the people of the world in heart and mind.
    __The world is a big movie between the good guys and the bad guys. Russia is now the good guys and the USA is the bad guys. We live in a world with so many wonderful clean hearted governments and this wicked USA has to spy. How strange of the USA, and wonderful Russia. It’s a good thing Snowden told Russia about the USA and saved it!
    __Of course Russia does not have any traitors to tell secrets to the USA because Russia doesn’t spy, it’s as simple as that. Snowden was simply saving all those good innocent governments and of course Russia from big bad USA.
    __Should we pledge our allegiance to Russia? Let’s sing their national anthem with our hands over our hearts. There are angels governing in Russia, someone has to look out for them. They have no malice in their hearts. Thank goodness Snowden has saved them.

  • stringman

    One thing can be said definitively: If you are in Russia, Russian Intell thugs will have you and anything of yours anytime they want. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Apparently, everyone in Russia knew that except Snowden. And when they’re done with him, he will quietly disappear. Whatever he knows, they know. The world is ruled by power and force. Always has been and always will be. Never forget that. You may think that a global utopia of humankind is just over the horizon. You would be dead wrong, my friend. The United States is as close as we will ever get to utopia. And when it’s gone, there won’t be another. Those who think otherwise “Live in Lotus Land.”

  • MeinOhio

    Liar. Russia is the enemy of the world. Russia is a terrorist state.

  • Russian troll talking about something he knows nothing about.

  • BigSergey

    snowden is a rat,and will end his day unknown!

  • C Monk

    No, Massif1. I take it that Luz is being sarcastic but in an odd and incoherent way.

  • FUCK putin , FUCK cccp. AMIN.

  • FuckRussia

    Dude, i hope you’re joking, or being sarcastic… But literally everything you said was 100% wrong… America, a 250 year old country did not invent spying 7 decades ago… Spying and intelligence agencies existed all over the world by the 1900s. You’re a fucken moron. If it was sarcastic… dude don’t ever offer pledging allegiance to russia… Fuck russia.

  • Guest

    Jeez, what a historical ignoramus you are… as long as there have been politics and rivalry there has been spying!

  • bongo

    1) It is common knowledge that the US has a network of spy satellites, any troop movements would have been detected soon after they began. 2) Supposing they knew of Russian plans, what would/could the US realistically have done to stop them? That we would interpose ourselves between Putin and the Ukraine/Crimea? We didn’t in Georgia. 3) As soon as the NSA spying scandal broke it became clear to everybody that the US had the ability to monitor all communications, so all nations probably went on radio silence/discipline. In fact, as an ally in the global war on terror (Russia w the Chechens among others) Russia probably already knew something of the US’s capabilities 4) same goes for the IED’s, certainly that information would have already leaked out after a few failures. This article cites no specifics compromised by Snowden – no encryptions, no tactics, no technology – nor any concrete information he’s “influenced” by the Soviets. I’m not saying that he’s not, but this article doesn’t seem to prove much.

  • Mark Fuxanerd

    He is a fucking moron . Anyone that thinks America invented spying is a huge moron. I posted him so facts about how china has well documented writings about espionage but he emailed me and said he was talking about spying and not espionage. So Luz Vega Hidalgo doesn’t even know what spying means. He is a idiot and has proven it when he opens his ignorant mouth.

  • Mark Fuxanerd

    Shut up LUZ Vega everyone thinks your a idiot. Read the comments about how people think your a dumbass. Shut your mouth and go back to school you stupid fucking piece of trash.

  • Mark Fuxanerd

    Another problem with the world is people like Luz Vega that open their mouth and sound stupid because you don’t bother to research and educate yourself. Spying wasn’t invented by the USA by I admit they have the technology to do it the best NOW. Here is some knowledge for your ignorant ass. Incidents of espionage are well documented throughout history. The ancient writings of Chinese and Indian military strategists such as Sun-Tzu and Chanakya contain information on deception and subversion. Chanakya’s student Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Maurya Empire, made use of assassinations, spies and secret agents, which are described in Chanakya’s Arthasastra. The ancient Egyptians had a thoroughly developed system for the acquisition of intelligence, and the Hebrews used spies as well, as in the story of Rahab. Feudal Japan often used ninja to gather intelligence. More recently, spies played a significant part in Elizabethan England (see Francis Walsingham). Many modern espionage methods were well established even then.
    I doubt you read all of that nor comprehended it but the USA doesn’t invent everything ok. They just have the resources to do it the best now. I am not taking sides i am just stating FACTS and you should try it sometime or maybe try to go back to school and get a career and stop living off others. You broke poor spic bitch. Lol hahaha.

  • Jared Myers

    Having read this article, pretty much none of it would hold up as anything other than circumstantial in an American court of law.

  • Sam King

    This might be true but it’s no excuse for USA’s lack of help.
    At every stage, most information is known or can be obtained by simply speaking to the right people on the ground.
    There are no doubts about Russia’s involvement.
    And a 1000 drones are more cheaper than a digital surveillance team anyway,
    But still, no suitable weapons provided.