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Ex-CIA director: Snowden should be 'hanged' for Paris - The Hill 20151119

Bradford Richardson - Ex-CIA director: Snowden should be 'hanged' for Paris - The Hill 20151119

A former CIA director says leaker Edward Snowden should be convicted of treason and given the death penalty in the wake of the terrorist attack on Paris.

“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 said Snowden, who divulged classified in 2013, is partly responsible for the terrorist attack in France last week that left at least 120 dead and hundreds injured.
“I think the blood of a lot of these French young people is on his hands,” he said.

Woolsey, who served as the head of the CIA from 1993 to 1995, said the Snowden leak was “substantial.”

“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.

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.

US should hang Edward Snowden, says former spy panel senator - The Hill 20150720

US should hang Edward Snowden, says former spy panel senator - The Hill 20150720

By Julian Hattem

The U.S. should publicly hang leaker Edward Snowden if and when he falls into the government’s hands, according to the former top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon was we get our hands on him,” retired Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) — who served as vice chairman of the powerful intelligence panel before stepping down from Congress last year — said during an appearance at the University of Georgia this month.

“I hope none of you have any sympathy for him,” he told students at the Terry College of Business.

The comments reflect the animosity that many national security hawks on Capitol Hill and within the government feel for Snowden, who has sought refuge in Russia for the last two years to avoid U.S. espionage charges.

Federal officials say that Snowden’s revelations about the scope of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other agencies have risked Americans’ lives and helped foreign extremists to avoid detection.

Chambliss’s remarks came during a discussion about the major theft of 22 million people’s datafrom the Office of Personnel Management. The stolen information serves as a veritable gold mine for the hackers, government officials say, by handing them reams of personal data about government workers, agents and their friends and family.

“Just like with Snowden, we’re going to lose American lives as result of this breach,” Chambliss said.

“The Chinese now have possession of all of our folks who have gone through background checks over the last 20 years,” he added.

“Even though there was some firewall on some CIA background checks, they do have information relative to where some of those folks are and who they are and what their cover is, and it’s creating a very, very serious situation for us.”

The Obama administration has not directly blamed the hack on China, though the nation's top spy has said it is the "leading suspect."

The remarks were first reported by BuzzFeed News.