Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended the National Security Agency's data surveillance programs.
"I think he's a traitor...I think he has committed crimes," Cheney said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday."
Cheney, understudy to President George W. Bush from 2001-2009, said he also suspects Snowden was a Chinese spy all along. Cheney questioned the 29-year-old former contractor's decision to flee to Hong Kong ahead of releasing classified information on the NSA's phone and Internet monitoring programs.
Cheney defended those data surveillance methods as essential to national security, arguing that the threat from terrorism is worse than ever.
Cheney also claimed credit for setting up the NSA programs critics say could lead to surveillance of U.S. citizens.
"The reason we got into it is because we were attacked...the worst attack since Pearl Harbor," he said. He said the possibility of a terrorist nuclear attack justified the program.
Via The Hill.