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Dempsey: Snowden Disclosures Could Cost U.S. Billions

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said a task force would take about two years to ascertain what Snowden took. (file photo)
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said a task force would take about two years to ascertain what Snowden took. (file photo)
The highest-ranking member of the U.S. military has said the disclosures made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will cost the U.S. military billions of dollars.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey told a congressional committee on March 6 that "the vast majority" of the thousands of documents taken by Snowden were not related to domestic surveillance, but were concerned with military operations, capabilities, tactics and procedures.

He said a task force would take about two years to ascertain what Snowden took, what it could be used for and how to best mitigate the effects.

Based on reporting by dpa and AP

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