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Former NSA Director: Snowden a ‘Traitor’ Engaged in ‘Treason’

General Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency, said Sunday that his initial assessment of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a “defector” may have been too lenient.

“I’m now kind of drifting in the direction of perhaps more harsh language . . . such as ‘traitor,’” Hayden told CBS correspondent Major Garrett on Face the Nation.

Hayden pointed out that Snowden, who he said was responsible for the “most serious hemorrhaging of American secrets in the history of American espionage,” has openly offered to leak additional information to the governments of Germany ​and Brazil in exchange for asylum. “I think there’s an English word that describes selling American secrets to another government, and that’s ‘treason,’” Hayden said.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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