Assange: Snowden ‘Is a Hero.’

by Ian Tuttle

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tells This Week’s George Stephanopoulos that the confidential information gathered by former CIA employee Edward Snowden will become available, no matter what: “There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage. Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr. Snowden cannot be pressured by any state to stop the publication process.”

Assange went on to scold the State Department for canceling Snowden’s passport, calling the act a “disgrace.” “Every citizen has the right to their citizenship,” said Assange, lamenting the United States’ actions with regard to Snowden’s “difficult situation.”

“He is a hero,” Assange finally declared of his fellow leaker. “He has told the people of the world and of the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications, far beyond anything that happened under Nixon.”