Edward Snowden

Former NSA Chief Continues Potshots at Snowden

Calls him a "defector" and speculates he'll end up as an alcholic


Gen. Michael Hayden, a former NSA and CIA chief, shared a lot of opinions during a discussion at a Washington church Sunday, beyond his thoughts on terrorists' love for Gmail and the U.S. government's approach to the Internet. Discussing the "tension between security and liberty" at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House, Hayden criticized the reporting of NSA surveillance programs, argued  that society must make a choice between security and liberty, and took personal shots at NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Responding to a question from the audience about  U.S. prospects for capturing the source of the National Security Agency leaks, Hayden predicted a bleak future for Snowden. Describing the former NSA contractor as a "defector," Hayden also called him "a troubled young man -- morally arrogant to a tremendous degree -- but a troubled young man."

Hayden further compared Snowden's prospects to those of defectors during the Cold War, saying,  "I suspect he will end up like most of the rest of the defectors who went to the old Soviet Union: Isolated, bored, lonely, depressed -- and most of them ended up alcoholics."