Not ‘Serious’ and ‘Ridiculous’: Edward Snowden Unimpressed with Both Trump and Clinton | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

“Though still living under asylum in Russia after leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents to journalists more than two years ago, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden dipped his toe in U.S. presidential politics during an interview segment with Al-Jazeera that aired on Thursday.Asked by UpFront host Mehdi Hasan about comments made about him by the current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump—who once called the whistleblower a “a bad guy” and insinuated he could be executed for the disclosures—Snowden simply said it was “very difficult to respond in a serious way to any statement that’s made by Donald Trump.”Subsequently asked about the current Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who previously accused Snowden of “helping terrorists” by revealing to the global public intelligence programs which both federal courts and the U.S. Congress have judged as stepping way over the line, Snowden said that though it was not his “place to say” whether or not Clinton endangered national security with her controversial use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, he said it was “ridiculous” for such a high-ranking official to think such a system would be more secure than channels used by government officials and intelligence staff.”

Source: Not ‘Serious’ and ‘Ridiculous’: Edward Snowden Unimpressed with Both Trump and Clinton | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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