“Under the new president, as the news today says, the new CIA director [Mike Pompeo] is an individual who believes that dissidents such as myself should be put to death, they believe that it is the appropriate solution to disagreeing with the government.”
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said the new director of the CIA — Mike Pompeo — under the Trump administration believes that “dissidents such as myself” should be put to death.
“President-elect Trump’s transition to power is reshaping American government, and the worlds of cybersecurity and surveillance are no exception. A congressman who’s called for Snowden’s execution may soon lead the CIA. The director of national intelligence is out, and the head of the NSA may take his place. And a senator with a horrifying record on civil liberties, particularly privacy and online surveillance could soon helm the Department of Justice.” [WIRED]
Snowden was participating at a Q&A in Oslo via a video link from Moscow on Friday (18 November 2016).
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Indeed, Mike Pompeo believes Edward Snowden is a traitor who deserves a death sentence. Here are the facts.
On the intelligence committee, Pompeo has taken a particularly hard-line stance on how to treat NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. After Snowden’s allies began a campaign to get him pardoned, the entire House Select Committee on Intelligence wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging against a pardon. The letter said Snowden was no whistle-blower, but rather a “serial exaggerator and fabricator.”
At that time, Pompeo issued his own press release, calling Snowden a “liar and a criminal,” who deserves “prison rather than pardon.” [ARSTECNICA]
In a C-SPAN interview earlier this year, Pompeo went further, stating:
“He should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence. Having put friends of mine, friends of yours who serve in the military today an enormous risk because of the information he stole and then released to foreign powers.”
(Snowden has said he only gave information to journalists. Pompeo’s comments about Snowden begin around the 23-minute mark)
Global role of the US government
Snowden also commented on the global role of the US government, stating:
“I don’t think it’s controversial to say the United States government is the most powerful government in the history of the world. We have never seen a state with this much influence.”
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