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article imageDick Cheney: Obama isn’t credible and Snowden is a traitor

By Eko Armunanto     Jun 17, 2013 in World
About Snowden's flee to Hong Kong, Dick Cheney said that could be hinting he’s a Chinese spy. Snowden committed crimes in effect by violating agreements given the position he had. He argued the NSA surveillance is critically necessary to prevent attacks
Dick Cheney resiliently defended the recently exposed U.S. surveillance programs, which he helped craft in the aftermath of 9/11, and sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of a range of issues from the Syrian civil war to the Benghazi terror attacks. He said the two programs leaked earlier in June, which allow the government to gather a broad swath of data on Americans' telephone activity and foreigners' Internet activity, may have stopped the 9/11 perpetrators in their tracks if they were in place before the attack.
He also raised questions about Snowden's decision to flee to Hong Kong, suggesting he may be sharing sensitive information with the Chinese government. He hinted that Snowden could even be a Chinese spy.
“I'm suspicious because he went to China. That's not a place where you would ordinarily want to go if you are interested in freedom, liberty and so forth. It raises questions whether or not he had that kind of connection before he did this,” Cheney said. “I think he's a traitor,” Cheney said of Snowden in an interview with Fox News. He also said that the Syrian war is a complex situation but it has not been well handled by the administration, and that Obama “lacks credibility.”
He further speculated that other employees at the National Security Agency may have aided Snowden's leak. “Was there somebody else in NSA who had access to a lot of this stuff and passed it to him? I think you have to ask that question,” Cheney asked.
Toronto Star says the former US Vice President has long been under a cloud of suspicion in the U.S. that he exaggerated security threats to the country in order to justify the invasion of Iraq in early 2003 as well as other aggressive foreign policy initiatives under President Bush. The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan investigative news organization, says the Bush administration made at least 935 false statements in the lead up to the 2003 Iraq War. Cheney made 48 of them, including his insistence in 2002 that there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Meanwhile, a few hundred rights advocates and political activists marched through Hong Kong on Saturday to demand protection for Edward Snowden. Marchers gathered outside the U.S. consulate shouting slogans denouncing alleged spying operations aimed at China and Hong Kong. Leung Chun-ying, the President of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said late on Saturday that his government would handle it in accordance with established laws. Reuters said China avoided any explicit comment on its position towards Snowden as Beijing was reluctant to jeopardize recently improved ties with Washington.
Speaking to South China Morning Post this week, Snowden said Americans had spied extensively on targets including the Chinese University of Hong Kong that hosts an exchange which handles nearly all the city's domestic web traffic. Other alleged targets included government officials, businesses and students.
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