Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) did not mince words in a tweet about Edward Snowden Sunday evening, calling him a “traitor” and stating that granting him a pardon “would be unconscionable.” Cheney’s tweet almost certainly came in response to a comment by Trump on Saturday that he was apparently willing to consider pardoning Snowden.
“I’m going to look at it,” Trump told the reporter. “I am not that aware of the Snowden situation, but I’m going to start looking at it. It seems to be a split decision — there are many people think he should be somehow treated differently and other people think he did very bad things, and I’m going to take a very good look at it, OK?”
Edward Snowden is a traitor.
He is responsible for the largest and most damaging release of classified info in US history.
He handed over US secrets to Russian and Chinese intelligence putting our troops and our nation at risk.
Pardoning him would be unconscionable.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 16, 2020
There’s always a tweet, Snowden pardon edition https://t.co/93SvCRbwDg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 16, 2020
Before toying w/pardoning Snowden, as he did again today, Trump tweeted 35 times, saying how he was a traitor who should be executed.
“Isn’t it sad the way Putin is toying with Obama regarding Snowden. We look weak and pathetic. Could not happen with.a strong leader!” pic.twitter.com/00FzGSImt3
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 16, 2020
NEW: Former #NSA contractor Edward @Snowden pulled in over $1.2 million in speaking fees from exile in Moscow after spilling a huge trove of U.S. surveillance secrets, his booking agent revealed https://t.co/z2wh40LSN5
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) August 17, 2020