Ex-CIA Director: Snowden Should Be ‘Hanged’ for Paris
A former CIA director has called out Edward Snowden for engaging in treason and wants to see him sentenced to death.
“It’s still a capital crime, and I would give him the death sentence, and I would prefer to see him hanged by the neck until he’s dead, rather than merely electrocuted,” James Woolsey told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday.
Woolsey served as director of the CIA from 1993 to 1995.
“They turned loose not only material about some procedural aspects of something, they turned loose, for example, some substantial material about the Mexican intelligence service and law enforcement working together against human trafficking,” he said.
The Hill reports:
Woolsey wondered if Snowden were “pro-pimp.”
Current CIA Director John Brennan has recently echoed his predecessor’s sentiments, arguing that Snowden’s disclosures make it harder for intelligence officials to track terror plots.
“I think any unauthorized disclosures made by individuals that have dishonored the oath of office, that they have raised their hand and attested to, undermines this nation’s security,” Brennan said about Snowden at the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s annual meeting on Wednesday.
Snowden fled the country after stealing classified information and disclosing the extent of U.S. surveillance programs. He currently resides in Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum.
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