Rand Paul: Intel Director Clapper "Lied," Whistleblower Snowden "Told the Truth"
Talking on CNN over the weekend, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) weighed in to the debate over NSA spying and the disposition of leaker Edward Snowden.
"I think it's still going to be an open question how this young man's judged," Paul told CNN's Candy Crowley. "I do think when history looks at this, they're going to contrast the behavior of James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden. Mr. Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy."…
Paul also warned that Snowden's choice of refuge will have an affect on his legacy:
"So I think there will be a judgment because both of them broke the law, and history will have to determine," he continued. "I do think for Mr. Snowden, if he cozies up to the Russian government it will be nothing but bad for his name in history. If he goes to an independent third country like Iceland and he refuses to talk to any sort of formal government about this, I think there's a chance he will be seen as an advocate of privacy."