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Army Chief: Leak puts American Soldiers at risk

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Military officials in the United States worry about how NSA leaker Edward Snowden may have affected security -- and not just National Security -- but the security of American Forces overseas.

IN A PENTAGON BRIEFING, ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL RAYMOND ODIERNO EXPRESSED HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THE LEAK.

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"I can't say whether I've seen any changes. Obviously, there's always concern that when information like this is leaked, what's the impact it has? What's the impact it has on our operational forces deployed forward. What's the impact it has on our ability to continue to conduct operations around the world, and I always worry about the protection of our forces who are in 150 countries around the world, so I'm very concerned about this leak. It's not just about leaking information, from my viewpoint, it's must bigger than that. It puts American soldiers at risk...actually soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines at risk -- who are overseas, conducting operations."

AS FOR SNOWDEN'S CURRENT LOCATION, HE APPEARS TO STILL BE IN RUSSIA.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TOLD REPORTERS IN FINLAND ON TUESDAY THAT SNOWDEN WAS A "FREE MAN" WHO IS BIDING HIS TIME AT AN AIRPORT IN MOSCOW.

PUTIN SAYS SNOWDEN WON'T BE HANDED OVER TO THE U-S.

HOWEVER, HE DID SEEM EAGER TO BE RID OF SNOWDEN, SAYING "THE SOONER HE SELECTS HIS FINAL DESTINATION POINT, THE BETTER."

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