August 12th, 2013
03:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Fact-checking Obama's claims about Snowden

Washington (CNN) - If Edward Snowden's NSA leaks led to changes in government policy, increased civil liberties protections and sparked a national dialogue, does it stand to reason that Edward Snowden is more whistleblower and patriot than traitor?

We know where President Barack Obama stands.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Necronn99

    Fact is obama knows we are in serious trouble Bad FACT he is doing all he can to conver it up.

    Fact with key elements inplay this government we have is our of control now.

    Snowden is a hero and a person we all need to be more like.


    August 12, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    What fact check–you leak the secrets–you call "Fact check", idiots, you do not have brains. Because he is white. Nonsense.

    August 12, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    As a progessive voter, I liked hearing Obama campaign on transparency and reduced terrorist threats because he would replace the "cowboy" in the Whitehouse. Hurray!

    But now he is saying it is good we continued the Bush policy of spying on citizens because the threat did not really go away. Especially since he drone bombed a lot of innocent people out there in the world along with a few possible terroists.

    Progressive voters were lied to.

    August 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. just sayin

    Fact-checking Obama's claims about Snowden

    what a novel concept! fact checking obama's claims!! how about the lsm do some fact checking of all of obama's claims.... almost 100% are lies.

    August 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. peppey

    Dear CNN, isn't the word FACT in a statement with OBAMA an oxy moron ???? LOL

    August 12, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Holder is simply promoting drug no one fears punishment for drugs, they have even LESS incentive, not to use drugs.

    Holder is a criminal aide to the drug cartels.
    Has he explicitly stated that, or is that your conclusion that you arrived at before you finished reading the peice? What should be of greater concern to people in this country is the language of treasonous secessionists like like Rick Perry and Rand Paul being acceptable to any real American, but, then you're not a real merican, are you Ricky?

    August 12, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. kirk

    Since when is the gop worried about facts? They want nothing to do with facts.they are all about lies, all lies all the time.keystone pipeline? Absolute lies, it will do exactly ZERO to reduce our oil dependency yet they tell: you it will.why? Because thete is literally nothing good about this for us, how us oil coming from Canada going to Asia going yo help us? And the 40000 jobs they talk about is another total lie foreign jobs foreign oil foreign operated ports.the labor board said it will create 35 permanent jobs.why are we worried about foreign infrastructures in USA, but not our own infrastructure? Another good idea that the Gop will fight tooth and nail

    August 12, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Democrat Party = Communist Party

    Wow! You mean the main street media, formerly known as the Obama propaganda machine, are actually going to start fact checking Obama's statements???!!!! I'll believe that when I see it!!! I doubt they are done forcing this guy on us and trying to convince us he knows what he is doing. The results are in and they are NOT good.

    August 12, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. kirk

    Hoping Mr Obama is enjoying his time away from the kids.I'm assuming his daughters are with him!

    August 12, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Whistleblower is what I would say. We should be thanking him for risking his own life, to make us aware of what was going wrong with America, due to government overreach, especially when the spying became more about politics than about security.

    August 12, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Love watching the Teatroll suddenly claim this guy is a whistleblower because it seems like the better way to get at Obama to them. Had someone pulled this kind of leak when Dubya was in office and the GOP was still desperately clinging to 9/11, terrorism and national security rhetoric, these same people would have called for him to be waterboarded and sent to Gitmo without a trial. Yawn. When it's a Dem in office, they consider it "overreach"...but when it's a fellow right winger, they consider it "necessary and prudent and for our protection." I repeat: YAWN.

    August 12, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Obviously, if the guy did anything to make Obama look bad, he must be a traitor. In the past, the left has heralded these types of guys, put them on pedestals and worshipped them. Now that one of them is doing it to one of our guys, he must be attacked as a traitor to the leftist cause. It exposes us badly.

    August 12, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. it must be said

    It would take an army of 10,000 fact checkers to keep up with all of the lies Obama puts out there on a daily basis. Maybe this is his new economic/jobs plan? Or maybe he'll just put 10,000 people on the government dole to act purely as speech audience members that clap and roar at every statement?

    August 12, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    "I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." –as quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War

    August 12, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    Snowden is a traitor..he had no problem implementing and support this same program under Bush and Cheney....and neither does half the folks that are now upset about it.

    August 12, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Pete

    Pres.Obamas is just being polite in not saying Snowdens an outright traitor..And if Russias Putin wants to play ball anymore with Pres.Obama he'd better watch Snowden because the next country on Snowdens hit list may be that of Russia as well!!Hey Rick McDaniel in your dreams thinking like that but you don't think anyway do yah,its proven time and time again because you as with all your ignorent ,unamerican republicans you all just love that Patriot Act ,Homeland Security that idiot Bush created and now that Pres.Obamas extended it and cleaned up legally some its intrusive parts you scream foul that's all and that's the scream of ignorence from you, your republicans isn't it!!And thank Snowden for what stealing classified intel and giving it to foriegn countrys instead of going to the proper authorities stateside to help straighten it out ,what planet are you from Rick or what country because it sure ain't from here in America is it troll!!!

    August 12, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Peppy

    Regardless on how you view point is Snowden proved bamman is a liar. I just don't see any difference between the 2 parties, box cars of bull crap from both sides. Just once I would love to hear one of them ans a direct question to the point without lying.

    August 12, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |