David Axelrod On Edward Snowden: ‘He’s A Whistleblower Who Then Blew The Country’

Former White House advisor and Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod joined Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday night to discuss National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and the revelations surrounding the NSA’s electronic and telephonic surveillance programs. During that interview, Axelrod made the oddly phrased observation that Snowden, a whistleblower himself, also “blew the country.”

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“The difference between now and 2005 and 2006 is that there are additional safeguards built in,” Axelrod told O’Donnell while making the case that the NSA’s programs are substantially different from those of the Bush administration. “There is additional legislative review.”

“My question is of Mr. Snowden is he could have gone to the Congress,” Axelrod continued. “He could have gone to the Inspector General. This is a peculiar route he took.”

“I mean, he’s a whistleblower who then blew the country,” he concluded.

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

h/t Real Clear Politics

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