Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan Tuesday joined the growing chorus of figures criticizing the Obama administration's handling of the NSA leaks and its so-far unsuccessful efforts to extradite data leaker Edward Snowden.
Both Snowden's ability to obtain and leak the classified information on massive NSA surveillance programs and the U.S.'s inability to take him into custody "just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day," Ryan said on CBS's "This Morning."
The Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential nominee criticized security clearance procedures that would have cleared Snowden and allowed him to walk out the door with the information he leaked. "How is it that our security clearances are so low that something like this can happen?" he said.
Snowden was in Hong Kong when the details of the NSA's collection of both internet and phone records first came to light. Local authorities allowed him to board a plane to Russia over the weekend despite ongoing diplomatic discussions over his fate and, according to U.S. officials, having his passport revoked. Snowden's final destination remains unknown but it is possibly bound for Ecuador where he has requested political asylum.
Wherever he's going, the U.S. has had little luck in securing Snowden's extradition, for which Obama has been personally criticized by people like Rep. Peter King, R-New York.
On Tuesday, Ryan argued that the growing diplomatic fiasco makes the United States look weak internationally. "If we're not able to convince our allies or other countries to actually help us with this, that doesn't speak very well to how we're being viewed in the world," he said.
Ryan was not alone in calling out the administration Tuesday. On CNN's "New Day," Sen. John McCain called on Obama to use a firmer hand with Russia and President Vladimir Putin on a number of issues, including finding Snowden.
McCain argued that Obama's inaction has made the U.S. look weak. "When you withdraw to fortress America, when you believe in light footprints, when you show the world you're leading from behind, these are the consequences of American leadership," said the Arizona Republican.
Russian authorities had at first refused to confirm Snowden's presence. Tuesday, Putin confirmed that Snowden was in the transit zone at Moscow's international airport. “Mr. Snowden is a free man," he said to reporters in Filnand. "The sooner he selects his final destination point, the better both for us and for himself.”