Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Sunday said that she does not believe that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden deserves clemency.
“That would require more intimate knowledge of what he allegedly has, but from where I sit today, I would not put clemency on the table at all,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if the government should offer Snowden a clemency deal.
Napolitano said that Snowden caused the U.S. harm when he leaked documents about the country’s surveillance operations.
“I think Snowden has exacted quite a bit of damage and did it in a way that violated the law,” she said. “He has, by individual fiat, leaked very extensive information.”
She said that while the U.S. does need to strike a balance between privacy and security, Snowden took matters into his own hands.
“There is a balance, the right balance, to be struck here,” she said. “Mr. Snowden just decided to go off on his own, and he did exact quite a bit of damage, in my judgment.”
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