Congressman Jim McGovern (D – MA) has joined a growing number of members of Congress who believe that a deal should be struck to return Edward Snowden to the U.S.
Speaking to BuzzFeed McGovern said, “I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s more of a whistle-blower than a villain. I’ve kind of wrestled with his actions for quite some time because part of me would like to think that in this country there is a process in place where people can do the right thing and not get punished for it. The more I learn about his particular case I’m not sure there was a process in place where he could have presented what he found out and actually changed things.”
He went on to say, “I’d rather have him in the U.S. than have him in Russia, and maybe there is an opportunity to work out some sort of a deal. I think the outrage people in the administration have expressed toward Edward Snowden ought to be more focused on how the NSA broke privacy laws.”
McGovern tweeted on Thursday that a New York Times editorial calling for clemency for Snowden was “thoughtful” and that he “agreed with much of it.”
“I’m not saying Edward Snowden’s a hero, but the more and more I learn about the overreach by the NSA, and how privacy has been trampled, I think it’s outrageous,” McGovern said. “That’s not the United States of America. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was happening in Russia or China, but not here.”