The United States should publicly hang National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden if he is captured by the US government, according to a former Republican senator.
“We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon as we get our hands on him,” said retired senator Saxby Chambliss, who served as vice chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee.
“I hope none of you have any sympathy for him,” he told students at the Terry College of Business in Athens, Georgia.
Chambliss, who stepped down from Congress last year, made the threats against Snowden during a discussion about the recent cyber attack on the US Office of Personnel Management.
The comments reflect the animosity that many national security and intelligence officials in Washington feel toward Snowden, who sought refuge in Russia two years ago to avoid prosecution in the US over espionage charges.