James Gilmore, the former Republican governor of Virginia, called on Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee, to come back to the U.S., “face the music” and make his case during a CPAC panel discussion on the NSA’s surveillance activities.
Gilmore contrasted Snowden’s actions with those of Martin Luther King who made an aggressive push for civil liberties, invoked the founding period, antagonized the government and changed history. Snowden is hiding in Mother Russia, which is not exactly a bastion of civil liberties. Moreover, Gilmore points out, he has committed treason against the U.S. as it is legally defined.
“We need oversight,” he said. “But to dismantle our defense at a time of maximum danger is not responsible. The demagoguery is not helpful.”
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