Senator Angus King Leaning Towards Treason On Snowden

Friday, June 28, 2013

Yesterday, President Obama discussed the efforts to bring NSA leaker Edward Snowden to the U.S. to face charges. Snowden is currently in Moscow applying for asylum in Ecuador

Meanwhile, Pentagon officials denounced the leak, calling it a "security breach."

In the aftermath of the media storm around the news earlier this month that the NSA was collecting phone data, we ask: What will happen to Snowden?

"I've been thinking about this as the story has unfolded and at first I thought (Snowden) was trying to raise a public debate about important issues, and that maybe he's more like a whistle-blower," Senator Angus King (I-ME), who sits on the Senate Committee on Intelligence, tells The Takeaway. "As it's gone on, I'm moving more and more towards the treason end of the scale. There were other ways to bring this information to light."

King says that Snowden could have gotten in touch with members of the Senate Committee on Intelligence or the House Intelligence Committee if he had concerns about U.S. surveillance programs, instead of leaking them to the world.

"There are a number of ways that he could have raised the kind of concerns that he was talking about at first—about American's privacy," says King. "But then he goes to China and publicly talks about what our cyber efforts are with regard to China. That's a whole different deal. Now we learn that he gave an interview to the South China Post where he said he took the Booz Allen job specifically to get in a position to get this information so he could release it."

"That sounds like treason to me," says King.

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Comments [3]

Daddy Love from Redmond, WA

How can it be "treason?" To what "enemies" has he given aid and comfort. Russia is a strategic ally and China our largest trading partner. Neither are "enemies." He never got to Cuba, and we like Hong Kong just fine. So how? It's ridiculous and harmful hyperbole.

Jun. 28 2013 03:31 PM
Tom from Salem, MA

BEING THERE! Peter Sellers at his best. Yes!!!

Jun. 28 2013 11:43 AM
Wallace Watson from New York state

While I appreciate the show's intention of delivering political and cultural information/opinion in "conversational and personality-driven" style (Wikipedia), I find Hockenberry too casual and careless. For example, just this morning: an egregious mis-use of pronoun case (I forget the exact wording), "treasonist" (instead of "traitor"), a lead-in to story about democracy in Egypt the final (and most important) word of which was drowned out in the cut to crowd noise, and a too-fast conversation with a mumbling professor about democracy in some country the name of which was never clear to me and not repeated in the course of the conversation. I long for a return of "Morning Edition" to 9:00 a.m.

Jun. 28 2013 10:24 AM

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