According to a TIME magazine poll published shortly after the first revelations from Edward Snowden, 70% of young people said the NSA whistleblower did a “good” thing. In an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Saturday, CIA Director John Brennan said, “I think most of the young people don’t even understand what in fact he has done.”
He added, “I am bit surprised that some people have taken at face value some of the things that have been presented in the press.”
Snowden, a former employee of the CIA, released information about the government programs that collect phone, email and Internet search records and sparked an international debate about national security and privacy.
Brennan said, “I believe that anybody who has violated the oath of office and has violated the laws of the United States should be held to full account…I am fully supportive of having justice served.”
When asked whether he believes Snowden was helped by Russia, Brennan said, “Whether or not he was working for somebody early on, the damage that he has done has been significant and it has hurt this country and has helped our enemies.