Michele Bachmann calls Edward Snowden a "traitor" [VIDEO]
|Bachmann is already convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that Snowden is a Benedict Arnold.|
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Bachmann also suggested Snowden's revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs "helped America's enemies" and damaged our national security.
Here's a transcript of a portion of Bachmann's remarks, including a couple questions she directed to NSA Director Keith Alexander, followed by the raw video:
BACHMANN: It seems to me that the problem here is that of an individual who worked within the system, who broke laws, and who chose to declassify highly sensitive classified information. 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.
BACHMANN TO ALEXANDER: Let me ask your opinion -- how damaging is this to the national security of the American people that this trust was violated?
ALEXANDER: I think it was irreversible and significant damage to this nation.
BACHMANN: Has this helped America's enemies?
ALEXANDER: I believe it has, and I believe it will hurt us and our allies.
Bachmann also made headlines today for taking a shot at Karl Rove. A few weeks ago, in response to Bachmann's announcement that she won't run for reelection last year, Rove said it was for the best, as Bachmann "did nothing" as chairman of the congressional Tea Party caucus and would have a harder time holding the 6th District seat than a less-polarizing Republican.
In response, during a radio appearance on Laura Ingraham's show today, Bachmann said, "The base of our party is not where Karl Rove is, to be honest with you."
"I think that perhaps he wants to be the conscience of the Republican Party," she continued.
Some might say that no matter who wins the rhetorical battle between Rove and Bachmann, they're both losers.
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