Representative Justin Amash, who authored an amendment that would have limited the NSA’s domestic spying powers, told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that he considers leaker Edward Snowden a whistleblower. “As far as Congress is concerned, sure, he’s a whistleblower: He told us what we needed to know,” he said.
“I certainly think without him doing what he did, members of Congress wouldn’t have really known about it,” the Michigan Republican explained this morning.
While Amash conceded that it’s possible Snowden may have jeopardized American intelligence-gathering by working in other countries, he also said there isn’t enough evidence to implicate him; “we’ll find those facts out over time,” he said
Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden countered Amash’s assessment by pointing out that Snowden did not go through the proper channels to alert Congress or the proper authorities of the program’s surveillance.
“There is no evidence whatsoever that this young man warned anyone, went to this supervisor, his supervisor’s boss, or even the congressman,” Hayden said. “What he did was go to Glenn Greenwald and some other news outlets and publish information that he may, in his own conscience, believe we need to be concerned about.”