During a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) blasted NSA leaker Edward Snowden for allegedly betraying the American people. She urged NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander to get to the bottom of the leaks and prevent them from occurring in the future.
“It seems to me that the problem here is of an individual who worked within the system, who broke laws, and who chose to declassify highly sensitive, classified information,” Bachmann said. “It seems to me, that’s where our focus should be on how there could be a betrayal of trust and how a traitor could do something like this to the American people.”
“It seems to me that’s where our focus must be and how we can prevent something like that from ever happening again,” she added.
Bachmann then asked Alexander just how damaging the NSA leaks were to national security, to which he responded they caused damage that is “irreversible and significant.”
Alexander also said the leaks will hurt the U.S. and its allies.
Watch the exchange below:
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