The intelligence community is reviewing the "damage" done by a series of leaks revealing the National Security Agency's secret phone and internet surveillance, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) said Sunday.
"The Intelligence Community is currently reviewing the damage that has been done by these recent disclosures. Any person who has a security clearance knows that he or she has an obligation to protect classified information and abide by the law," the statement said.
The DNI statement came hours after Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton infrastructure analyst went public as the person who leaked the information on top secret NSA intelligence programs.
"We have seen the latest report from The Guardian that identifies an individual claiming to have disclosed information about highly classified intelligence programs in recent days," the statement said.
"Because the matter has been referred to the Department of Justice, we refer you to the Department of Justice for comment on any further specifics of the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by a person with authorized access," the DNI added.
In an interview with The Guardian Snowden said he leaked the information because he objected to the data tracking program.
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things," Snowden explained to The Guardian in an interview published Sunday.
Snowden's leaks led to disclsoures about a call tracking operation and the NSA's use of Internet data obtained from American tech companies to track foreign terror threats.