Edward Snowden http://wkyufm.org en Rand Paul: History Will Judge NSA Leaker http://wkyufm.org/post/rand-paul-history-will-judge-nsa-leaker <p>U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he has sympathy for Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information on the National Security Agency's surveillance operations.&nbsp;</p><p>In Bowling Green this week, Paul was asked how history will judge Snowden, who's facing espionage charges. Sen. Paul said&nbsp; Snowden never lied to anyone, unlike National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who lied under oath to Congress.</p><p>“He says 'I lied in the name of national security.'&nbsp; On the other hand, Edward Snowden told the truth in defense of privacy, but broke his national security clearance.&nbsp; When you work in government you take a pledge not to reveal secrets, but you also take a pledge to the Constitution," explained Paul.&nbsp; "The question becomes 'Is it a type of accepted civil disobedience to break your security pledge in defense of the Constitution?'"</p><p>If it turns out he leaked secrets to foreign governments, Paul said Snowden would be judged harshly, but history would judge him kindly as a defender of privacy. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:33:18 +0000 Lisa Autry 33136 at http://wkyufm.org Rand Paul: History Will Judge NSA Leaker