I completely understand the problem folks have with Snowden and the methods he used to blow the whistle on some of the surveillance programs the NSA undertook. However, for Mike Pompeo, an elected representative and Trump’s section for the next CIA Director, to call on Snowden to be executed is just mind boggling:
On the intelligence committee, Pompeo has taken a particularly hard-line stance on how to treat NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. After Snowden’s allies began a campaign to get him pardoned, the entire House Select Committee on Intelligence wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging against a pardon. The letter said Snowden was no whistle-blower, but rather a “serial exaggerator and fabricator.”
At that time, Pompeo issued his own press release, calling Snowden a “liar and a criminal,” who deserves “prison rather than pardon.”
In a C-SPAN interview earlier this year, Pompeo went further, stating:
“He should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think that the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence for having put friends of mine, friends of yours, in the military today, at enormous risk because of the information he stole and then released to foreign powers.“
Surely Pompeo fully understands that Snowden is unable to mount a whistleblower defense, thanks to the way the current espionage law is written. So it is impossible for Snowden to receive a fair and impartial trial, no matter how you slice it.
But more to the point: playing politics with someones life is just flat out wrong.