Former NSA chief compares Snowden to terrorists
December 1st, 2013
11:42 AM ET
9 months ago

Former NSA chief compares Snowden to terrorists

Washington (CNN) - Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden said Sunday that Edward Snowden, who has disclosed secrets about how the NSA surveils both at home and abroad, has created a "catastrophic" situation for American intelligence agencies.

"This is catastrophic for the safetay and security of the American nation, what this very narcissitic young man has done," Hayden told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."


Multiple reports allege Snowden has created a "doomsday cache" of government secrets that would release to the public should he be incarcerated or harmed.

Hayden said he has "no reason to doubt" those reports, but added that the looming threat of future disclosures should not dissaude American agencies from pursuing Snowden. The retired general said abandoning the effort to bring Snowden to justice would be like "negotiating with terrorists."

Snowden has been in Moscow since June. In August, Russia granted him asylum for one year. He is wanted in the United States on espionage charges.


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  1. don in albuquerque

    I could get behind a .22 caliber, to the back of the head resolution to Mr. Snowden's issues. He is, has been, and will continue to be a traitor, and will continue aiding terrorism.

    December 1, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. minosmasterchief

    They call him a terrorist while they try to control all their citizens are saying and communicating with no need for any court mandate or proof on their lead. They are more menacing than terrorists themselves, hypocrytes. Talk about Orwellian society.

    December 1, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. volatility

    The number of people that support Snowdem is staggering. Just compare the average blog response across all related articles in the media industry. The media is not listening to the people on this issue, its obvious.

    December 1, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Yes, he is a traitor and a terrorist. Those who say he is a "civil disobedient" (Rand Paul) are unwilling or incapable
    of seeing the damage this guy has done. In the case of Paul, my guess is he is incapable.

    So, enjoy your Russian vacation, Mr. Snowden. We have a nice, clean cell here at home waiting for you, unless
    you prefer joining your friends at Gitmo. Either one is fine with me.

    December 1, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. tyranny

    The number of people that support Snowden is staggering. Just compare the average blog response across all related articles in the media industry. The media is not listening to the people on this issue, its obvious.

    December 1, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. tyranny

    Hey Anonymous, he also has 1000's of supporters waiting for him. He is not afraid of people like you.

    December 1, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Whistleblower

    The NSA's logic is that everybody in the world, except NSA itself, has no right to privacy.

    December 1, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Whistleblower

    It is so easy, so cheap to have the term "terrorist" abused. Now everybody who stands up against the government is a terrorist. What is really different between US and North Korea now?

    December 1, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. volatility

    I'm going to compare the participation and results of this blog to the industry average. Then write a report on it.

    December 1, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. chaos

    I'm going to compare the participation and results of this blog to the industry average. Then write a report on it.

    December 1, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    f the NSA wasn't doing all that political spying for Obama........perhaps they might have something valid to say.

    As it stands, the NSA are traitors to the citizens of America.........selling out the people to the dictator. In that situation, Snowden is a hero, for exposing the corruption.

    December 1, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    @tyranny

    He has no reason to be afraid of me. But selling your Country out to the enemy makes him "A Man Without a Country",
    and I use the term "man" loosely.

    He had other avenues to reveal what he knew without being a runaway, hiding out, traitor. Why didn't he just go
    to the media, Fox would have welcomed him with open arms. So, afraid of me? No way. But he is no hero
    in my book. Cowardly if you prefer that word.

    December 1, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. robertthurston

    Edward Snowden is a hero of the highest order. The naysayers on this site are government paid shills trying to remain relevant in a world where there skills mean less. Long prison terms for NSA members. Disband and defund completely. NSA are the real terrorists. If voting still works in 2014 vote every Independent or third party in. Clean house and take the country back. Start over. All people who worked for NSA become the scourge of society and are shunned at every turn.

    December 1, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. robertthurston

    They are working very hard to make commenting harder and I just hope the American people vote these dirtbags out and ostracize for the rest of their lives the dirtbags of the NSA who sold out the American people for money.

    December 1, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. rs

    No arguments with Mr. Hayden. It is a situation that should kill the "private contractor" business with the military and intelligence communities.

    December 1, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. rs

    Whistleblower
    The NSA's logic is that everybody in the world, except NSA itself, has no right to privacy.
    ____________________
    Except of course that pretty much every nation in the world does this from the U.K. to Israel, from Russia to France. Get over it.

    December 1, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. rs

    Anonymous- I agree. Mr. Snowden will suddenly find Russia inhospitable when he runs out of "fun facts" to share.

    December 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "He is not afraid of people like you".

    He has no reason to be afraid of "people like me", but he is afraid of something or he wouldn't have run like a
    coward to Hong Kong, then Russia.

    Whistleblowers have avenues to air the grievances other than running to the commies. So, love him if you want.
    I still say he is a terrorist and a traitor.

    December 1, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Thomas

    "Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

    Why would I watch that ?

    December 1, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Rob

    Nsa violating or rights and the laws of America are a much greater threat than Snowden ever was. The NSA got caught and now they are trying to cover by using this administrations favorite tactic, fear and doom. The NSA has shown they can't be trusted and have lost their sense of what they are there for. Spying On Americans by it's own government is despicable, If there are any traitors here it's this White House and their gang in the NSA

    December 1, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. will galison

    The people who think Snowden is a traitor have a blind faith in government authority. These are the kind of people that stood behind Hitler and Stalin. Every country in every era has people who are more comfortable being "protected" by power than living as sovereign individuals. These are weak, damaged people with no spiritual center.

    December 1, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. AreYouKidding

    Snowden is a hero. He had the balls when all of these people marched into totalitarianism. Now that Hayden's not the chief he's blowing off steam. Hayden is a war monger who believes your rights are an inconvenience to his objectivity.

    December 1, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. will galison

    Don, with your blind faith in and obedience to government authority, you would have made an excellent Nazi. You are also condoning murder without due process, which is utterly un-American. One thing is for certain, you are no patriot.

    December 1, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. AreYouKidding

    Snowden is a hero. He had the testicular fortitude when all of these people marched into totalitarianism. Now that Hayden's not the chief he's blowing off steam. Hayden is a war monger who believes your rights are an inconvenience to his objectivity.

    December 1, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Whistleblower

    Whistleblower

    He has no reason to be afraid of me. But selling your Country out to the enemy makes him "A Man Without a Country",
    and I use the term "man" loosely.

    --------

    I suppose that citizens in a democracy should understand the difference between "Country" and "government".

    December 1, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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