Although some in Congress have called Edward Snowden a “traitor” or accused him of treason, one elected representative is coming to the self-admitted NSA leaker’s defense.

When asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace whether he thought Snowden was a whistle-blower, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., responded in the affirmative.

“Members of Congress were not really aware on the whole about what these programs were being used for and the extent to which they were being used. Members of the intelligence committee were told, but rank-and-file members really didn’t have the information,” explained Amash, a prominent NSA critic who was a recent Truthdigger of the Week.

He told Wallace that Snowden “may be doing things overseas that we’d find problematic, that we’d find dangerous. … We’ll find those facts out over time. But as far as Congress is concerned, sure, he’s a whistle-blower. He told us what we need to know.”

(h/t Huffington Post)

— Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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