WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry had harsh words for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Speaking to “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, Kerry stated that it’s time for Snowden to come back to the U.S. after betraying the country.
“This is a man who has betrayed his country,” Kerry told CBS News. “He should man up and come back to the U.S.”
Kerry said that Snowden betrayed a fundamental agreement he entered when he became an employee of the federal government.
“The fact is he has damaged his country very significantly. I find it sad and disgraceful,” Kerry told CBS News.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Snowden – who has been in hiding in Russia since leaking top secret U.S. surveillance documents last year – claims the State Department stranded him in the former Soviet Union.
“I personally am surprised that I ended up here,” Snowden explained to NBC News. “The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia. I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in Moscow Airport.”
Snowden added: “So when people ask why are you in Russia, I say, ‘Please ask the State Department.’”
Snowden revealed to the world last year how the NSA spies on American citizens and world leaders alike.
Snowden fled Hawaii for Hong Kong before being granted temporary asylum by Russia.
The exiled former NSA contractor also told NBC News that he was “trained as a spy” and worked undercover overseas.
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