As NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains in hiding, Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in on Monday, discussing U.S. attempts to bring Snowden back — as well as criticizing him for leaking national security information to begin with. His actions, Kerry said, are “dangerous” and “people may die as a consequence.”
Kerry told CNN that they hope Russia will “recognize” the U.S. request for Snowden, also remarking that they don’t know which authorities allowed Snowden to leave Hong Kong. (Given that Snowden is wanted on espionage charges and his passport was revoked.)
Speaking of the leaks themselves, Kerry warned that Snowden has “threatened his country” by disclosing classified information.
“People may die as a consequence of what this man did,” Kerry asserted. “It is possible that the United States would be attacked because terrorists may now know how to protect themselves in some way or another that they didn’t know before. This is a very dangerous act.”
Watch Kerry’s remarks below, via CNN:
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