Foreign governments, individuals and groups targeted by the U.S. National Security Agency for intelligence collection have changed their "behavior" following disclosures by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, the NSA's new chief said on Monday.
"They're changing the way they communicate," said Admiral Mike Rogers, who became NSA's new director last month following the retirement of U.S. Army General Keith Alexander. Rogers was speaking to the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington.
Rogers strongly condemned Snowden, who after fleeing to Hong Kong accepted an offer of asylum in Russia last year.
"Stealing and running is neither being accountable nor responsible," Rogers said. "If any of our employees found themselves in that kind of situation ... I would tell them, 'I would expect you to stand up and bring it to our attention because in the end, as the director, I am the accountable individual and I need your help to let me know if we are making mistakes.'"
In Snowden, Rogers said, he saw a different attitude: "That's not the behavior that I've observed. I saw something very different: 'I've got a viewpoint. I'm right. I'm not interested in much debate. I'm going to steal something.'"