Rep. Mike Rogers Falsely Claims Edward Snowden Traded NSA Documents for 'Personal Gain'

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) falsely claimed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden traded NSA documents for "personal gain" because he offered to help the government of Brazil, which has been spied on by the NSA in violation of international laws.

According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Rep. Rogers failed to mention that Snowden sought asylum in Brazil after the US nullified his passport and tried to extradite him from Hong Kong.

In reality, Snowden has not profited from the NSA documents, which he gave, without charge, to journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras earlier this year.

"We call that treason," Rogers said on ABC's "This Week" today. "He has traded something of value for his own personal gain that jeopardizes the national security of the United States."

At one point, Rep. Rogers actually offered to pay for Snowden's trip back to the U.S. where the whistleblower would be placed on trial and possibly put under the same inhumane prison conditions that Private Bradley Manning endured for over a year.

"I do think he should come home, I'd personally pay for his plane ticket, and be held accountable for his actions," stated Rep. Rogers. "He should come back. He didn't use any of the whistleblower protection avenues laid out before him."

Rep. Rogers ignored the fact that William Binney, the man who created the mass surveillance system for the NSA, did follow the "whistleblower protection avenues" and was ignored by the Inspector General and other officials.

Rep. Rogers has often defended the NSA spying program on innocent Americans, even though a member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance recently said that the bulk collection of telephone call records by the NSA had not stopped any terrorist attacks.

"It was, 'Huh, hello? What are we doing here?'" said Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor, told NBC News. "The results were very thin."

When asked if the NSA had stopped any terrorist attacks baed on mass surveillance, Stone said, "We found none."

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the NSA spying program on Americans is "likely unconstitutional," reported Politico.com.

Sources: Politico.com, NBC News, TalkingPointsMemo.com