Doubling down on her criticism of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said NBC’s Meet the Press that Snowden wasn’t a hero, and that furthermore, he may not have any more crucial material to released. “We have to know what is it that he has,” she said. “And I don’t know that he has that much substance. I don’t know that he knows that much about the content. But I think that anybody thought he was a hero to begin with, now that he’s threatening in any event to share information with Russia and China, if in fact he has any information, I think that should disabuse anybody of the notion – that he is a hero.”
Pelosi also denied that she was roundly booed at NetRoots for suggesting the same thing. She said it was merely a “smattering” of boos. “I think it’s pretty good that he’s stuck in the Moscow Airport,” she said. “That’s okay with me. He can stay there, that’s fine.”
While defending the NSA surveillance, Pelosi also said that President Obama’s program isn’t like President Bush’s program, despite the fact that reports suggest Obama’s program is far broader than Bush’s. “President Bush exercised unfettered, unlimited presidential discretion for surveillance in– for surveillance. Under President Obama in ’08 before he even became president we passed the FISA amendments which put up obstacles to the federal government doing surveillance,” she protested.