NSA whistleblower defends leaking to press amid Comey revelation
June 8, 2017
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday to defend his leak of classified surveillance documents to the press in 2013.
Comey, who allegedly kept detailed notes of his encounters with President Trump prior to being fired last month, admitted to giving an associate permission to leak details of those memos to the media.
“The President tweeted on Friday, after I got fired, that I better hope there’s not tapes,” Comey said. “I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape.”
Arguing that he wanted to get his version of events provided to the public, Comey stated that he asked a friend, now confirmed to be Columbia law professor Daniel C. Richman, to “share the content of the memo with a reporter.”
“I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, so I asked a close friend of mine to do it,” Comey added.
Snowden took to Twitter to point out how Comey allegedly felt he had a moral obligation to leak to the press, drawing parallels between himself and the former FBI director.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 8, 2017
“It seems the FBI Director agrees: sometimes the only moral decision is to break the rules,” Snowden said.
The tweet proved controversial among both defenders and opponents of Comey, with Twitter users on both sides of the aisle arguing the validity of the comparison.
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