2013, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward
Snowden perpetrated the largest and most damaging Public release of classified
information in U.S. intelligence history.
2014, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) directed Committee staff to carry out
a comprehensive review of the unauthorized disclosures.
The aim of
the review was to allow the Committee to explain to other Members of
Congress-and, where possible, the American people-how this breach
occurred, what the U.S. Government knows about the man who committed
it, and whether the security shortfalls it highlighted had been remedied.