Ex-Senator: U.S. Should Hang Snowden
Former Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says the United States should publicly hang Edward Snowden if he ever comes back home.
“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.