President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
On Feb. 11, Pompeo said on C-SPAN that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "should be brought back from Russia and given due process," the "proper outcome" of which he thinks is a death sentence, according to the Washignton Examiner.
Pompeo called Snowden a "traitor, and said that he "put people's lives at risk by divulging secrets about U.S. intelligence gathering."
Pompeo's call for capital punishment of Snowden echoes Trump's own view.
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"I think he's a terrible traitor," Trump said in a 2013 appearance on "Fox and Friends," according to Time. "You know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country? You know what we used to do to traitors, right?"
The republican congressman from Kansas, who has served on the House Intelligence Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi, has drawn fire from House democrats, according to CNN.
"The Department of Justice and the CIA need nonpartisan leaders the American people can trust implicitly," Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Nov. 18. "Yet Congressman Mike Pompeo, a leading cheerleader of the Benghazi witch hunt, is now being asked to fill one of the most serious and sober national security positions there is."
Trump has promised to improve relations with Russia, according to The Guardian, but Snowden says he's not concerned with the prospect of the incoming president striking a deal with Vladimir Putin to secure his extradition to the U.S.
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"I don't worry about it," Snowden said in a web chat hosted by the Dutch privacy-oriented search engine StartPage. "It’s possible. It would be crazy to dismiss the idea of this guy who presents himself as a big deal maker [Trump] as trying to make a deal."
Time reports that Snowded added: "While I can’t predict what the future looks like, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, I can be comfortable with the way I’ve lived today,” he said. “And no matter what happens, if there’s a drone strike or I slip and fall down the stairs, that’s something that won’t change. As long as we do our best to live in accordance with our values, we don’t have to worry about what happens tomorrow."