NSA’s Alexander Says Snowden ‘Betrayed the Trust’ of U.S.

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed details of classified surveillance programs, “betrayed the trust and confidence we had in him,” National Security Agency Director General Keith B. Alexander said.

“What Snowden has revealed has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and our allies,” Alexander said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

Snowden, 30, left Hong Kong today after the city rejected a U.S. warrant for his arrest. The documents didn’t comply with legal requirements and thus there was “no legal basis to restrict Mr. Snowden from leaving Hong Kong,” the Hong Kong government said in a statement.

Alexander said the U.S. is taking actions to prevent contractors and systems administrators from having the ability to leak information in the future, including systems that will track administrators and the changing of passwords.

“Clearly the system did not work as it should have,” Alexander said.

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