Ted Cruz: “​It is now clear that Snowden is a traitor, and he should be tried for treason.” 1

The Neocon/Repugnican shitheads never miss an opportunity to remind everyone what slime they are.

By Nick Gillespie

Reason

You know that Ted Cruz is taking his presidential bid seriously when he starts flipping positions on national security and government surveillance.

Recall that he joined Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to be head of the CIA back in 2013. That took place three months before Edward Snowden’s revelations about massive NSA surveillance of Americans. Cruz had this to say about Edward Snowden back then:

“If it is the case that the federal government is seizing millions of personal records about law-abiding citizens, and if it is the case that there are minimal restrictions on accessing or reviewing those records, then I think Mr. Snowden has done a considerable public service by bringing it to light,” Mr. Cruz said at an event hosted by TheBlaze, according to the website​​.

More recently, Marco Rubio, who also participated in Paul’s filibuster, has been hammering Cruz for any and all positions that place civil liberties ahead of what Rubio deems to be national security. Recent comments by the Florida senator on ABC’s This Week:

“I never believed Edward Snowden was a good public servant the way that Ted Cruz once said, that he had done a public service for America…”

“We cannot afford to have a commander in chief who thinks people like Edward Snowden are doing a good public service.”

When asked by The New York Times to respond, Cruz

took a very different tone, saying​,​ “​It is now clear that Snowden is a traitor, and he should be tried for treason.”

He pointed to his remark in 2013 that Mr. Snowden should be prosecuted if he broke any laws. “Today, we know that Snowden violated federal law, that his actions materially aided terrorists and enemies of the United States, and that he subsequently fled to China and Russia,” he said. “Under the Constitution, giving aid to our enemies is treason.”

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