|Hearing on national security
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday held a hearing on current and projected national security threats against the country.
Speaking at the hearing, John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said that given the diversity and dispersion of threats, "we need to rely heavily on partners and building up capacity in a number of countries throughout the world."
As terrorists are becoming more sophisticated, it has made it much more difficult for US intelligence agencies to find them and to address the threats they pose, he added.
"We have done a great job of addressing some of the vulnerabilities that exist in our system and putting together an information-sharing architecture that allows us to move information very quickly," he said.
However, he added, "with the increasing diversity of the threats and with the growth of terrorist elements in places like Syria and Yemen, we have a number of fronts that we need to confront simultaneously."
James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, delivered the assessment as he and other officials from the intelligence and law enforcement communities briefed the hearing on worldwide threats.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures amount to the most "massive and damaging theft of intelligence in our history," which has left "the nation less safe and its people less secure," he said.
"As a result, we've lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources, including some shared with us by valued partners," he said. "Terrorists and other adversaries of this country are going to school on US intelligence sources, methods and tradecraft, and the insights they are gaining are making our job much, much harder." --Xinhua