After nearly a week of assuring various world leaders that the U.S. isn't currently spying on their communications, the U.S. has started to warn other countries of a new perceived threat from Edward Snowden's leaked documents.
That threat, apparently, is the revelation of secret agreements and collaborations, sometimes between the U.S. and countries who aren't publicly seen as an ally. Those warnings are going intelligence service to intelligence service, according to a report from the Washington Post, after officials started to get a better handle on what documents Snowden may have.
The ODNI's role in informing other countries of the potential leaks seems to be in part because U.S. officials aren't precisely sure which branches of government know about the secrets contained in the Snowden documents: "In some cases, one part of the cooperating government may know about the collaboration while others — such as the foreign ministry — may not," they explain. In outlining their side of the story, U.S. officials emphasized to the Post that the revelation of these programs would jeopardize their continued existence.