The Huffington Post
December 18, 2013
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke out against former government contractor Edward Snowden for leaking classified details on the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance practices, suggesting Snowden should “swing from a tall oak tree” as punishment.
Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Bolton, who served under former President George W. Bush, characterized Snowden’s actions as treason, and urged against any public talk of amnesty.
“I must say absent some other important piece of information, it has to be one of the dumbest things that I’ve seen in a long time, to be speculating about it publicly, even if they are contemplating a deal with Snowden some kind of amnesty,” Bolton said. “The last thing that people ought to be doing is speculating about it publicly. It will inevitably make it a political football and enhance Snowden’s bargaining power.”