Bob Schieffer: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Is No Hero (VIDEO)

Fatimah Mazhar

While many would disagree, veteran American television journalist Bob Schieffer on CBS News voiced his opinions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden and said that the ex-CIA agent was no hero. He began by saying, “I like people who are willing to stand up to the government. As a reporter, it’s my job to do that from time to time. Some of the people I admire most are in the government. Men and women who led the civil rights movement— Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr.—they are true heroes. I’m not ready to put Edward Snowden in that category.”

After that, Schieffer turned towards Snowden and made his point saying the leaker wasn’t a real hero because he fled to Hong Kong, “For one thing, I don’t remember Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks running off and hiding in China. The people who led the civil rights movement were willing to break the law and suffer the consequences. That’s a little different than putting the nation’s security at risk and running away.”

He continued, “I think what we have in Edward Snowden is just a narcissistic young man who has decided he is smarter than the rest of us. I don’t know what he is beyond that, but he is no hero. If he has a valid point—and I’m not even sure he does—he would greatly help his cause by voluntarily coming home to face the consequences.”

Following the leak of classified U.S. intelligence information, Edward Snowden has become sort of a hero for many in the U.S. and China including Hong Kong. Various petitions, including the one on White House ‘We The People’ website are being signed in order to protect the whistleblower from criminal prosecution. And we previously reported that Chinese internet users called Snowden a hero after he said in an interview that he risked his life for a ‘better world.’

Bob Schieffer disagrees and has all the rights to do so as everyone has their different opinions, especially on a matter so sensitive in nature as the NSA leaks which has compromised the “national security” of the U.S. (government).