WASHINGTON — Members of Congress said Sunday they weren't impressed with Edward Snowden's publicity blitz calling for an end to mass surveillance and declaring that he has already accomplished his mission.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California acknowledged that Snowden has kindled an important public debate, but he said the former National Security Agency member should have stayed in the United States to demonstrate the courage of his convictions.
Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Snowden's release of classified documents jeopardized the safety of troops in Afghanistan and gave nations such as China and Russia valuable insight into how America's intelligence services operate. "That's who the messenger is," Rogers said.
The two, speaking on Fox News Sunday, were responding to Snowden's recent comments from Russia in a 14-hour interview with the Washington Post that he was working to make the NSA better, not tear it down. Snowden also made remarks in a video provided to a television station in the United Kingdom.
Snowden also declared in the newspaper interview that he'd "already won" and achieved what he set out to do.