Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates labeling NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “traitor” is not in itself terribly surprising. But in the context of his new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, which is highly critical of the Obama Administration, it takes on a new level of irony.
At least that’s what journalist Glenn Greenwald thought when he tweeted this response to Gates’ comments Tuesday evening:
Heard he wrote a book betraying high-level confidences – oh, wait RT @NewsHour "I think he's a traitor"-Robert Gates on Edward Snowden
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 14, 2014
“I think he’s a traitor,” Gates said of Snowden during his interview, saying that “there are multiple avenues for people who believe that the rules are being broken or that the law is being broken” that Snowden could have taken before leaking classified documents to Greenwald and other reporters. He added that for a 29-year-old like Snowden to ignore those options takes an “extraordinary act of hubris.”
Watch video below, via PBS:
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