Ex-CIA chief: Snowden should be hanged

A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency has said that American whistleblower Edward Snowden Å“should be hanged by his neck until he is dead.”

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, James Woolsey, who was the head of the CIA from 1993 to 1995, said that anyone suggesting Snowden could be granted amnesty is out of their mind and that Snowden should be hanged if ever convicted of treason.

Å“I think giving him amnesty is idiotic,” he said. Å“He should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by the neck until he is dead.”

Woolseyâ„¢s remarks were in reaction to a proposal by a National Security Agency official who said Å“itâ„¢s worth” allowing Snowden safe passage back to the US and Å“having a conversation” with him in exchange for a promise to end further revelations about the NSAâ„¢s spying activities.

Rick Ledgett, head of the NSA task force responsible for assessing the damage Snowdenâ„¢s leaks have done to the spy agency, told CBS Newsâ„¢ 60 Minutes last Thursday that he would like to at least open a dialogue with Snowden to prevent the disclosure of further classified information.

Ledgett also told CBS News that the information Snowden has revealed so far is just a fraction of what he has.

On Tuesday, Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia earlier this year, said he was willing to help Brazil counter US electronic spying in exchange for asylum there.

Documents disclosed by the American whistleblower since early June have brought to light the scope and scale of Washingtonâ„¢s spying activities across the globe.

The documents have shown how the US government collects phone records of all American citizens and tracks the use of US-based Web servers by all people around the world.

On Monday, US District Judge Richard Leon called Washingtonâ„¢s phone records collection program Å“almost Orwellian” and ruled that the US government “almost certainly” violated the constitution.

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Source: Press TV