Trump CIA Director Mike Pompeo says leaking on rise thanks to ‘worship’ of Edward Snowden

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fuelled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden.

“In some ways, I do think it’s accelerated,” Mr Pompeo told MSNBC. “I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandisement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase.”

Mr Pompeo said the United States needs to redouble its efforts to stem leaks of classified information.