Cheney on Snowden: ‘I Think He’s a Traitor’

The former vice president says he anticipates Snowden receiving the ‘justice he deserves’

Dick Cheney Calls Snowden a ‘Traitor,’ Defends NSA (Time)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Edward Snowden a traitor for leaking top-secret documents from the National Security Agency, in an interview that aired Monday afternoon on CNN.

Cheney added that he hopes the U.S. is eventually able to catch Snowden who was granted a one-year asylum in Russia in August, and hopes he receives  “the justice he deserves.”

Cheney said Snowden’s leaks, which most recently revealed that the National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders, have hurt America’s ability to defend itself. The former second-in-command would not comment on whether or not that the surveillance began in 2002, as the documents indicated.

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