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June 10th, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Ron Paul on Edward Snowden: "For somebody to tell the American people the truth is a heroic effort...he knows it's risky"

As this weekend revealed Edward Snowden to be the man who leaked details of the National Security Agency's program to collect data from Americans, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Ron Paul to share his reaction:

"He's [Snowden] done a great service, because he's telling the truth and this is what we are starved for. The American people are starved for the truth. And when you have a dictatorship or an authoritarian government, truth becomes treasonous," said Paul. "For somebody to tell the American people the truth is a heroic effort, and he knows that it's very risky, he knows he's committing civil disobedience, and he knows that he could get punished."

Speaking live with Piers Morgan, as a studio audience listened in, Paul went on to offer some advice for the man he once hoped to replace in Oval Office:

"Matter of fact, I think the president ought to send him a thank you letter," suggested the Texan. "The president ran on transparency, we're getting a lot of transparency now. Finally we're getting the president to fulfill his promise about transparency, so that's pretty exciting for me."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with former presidential candidate Ron Paul, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. sm

    Too Bad he sworn himself to secrecy and exposed our govt secrets to the " WHOLE" world........... He works for the secret intellegance, Right, did I miss something. Why don't you elected officials legislate some smart policy and do your job that you were elected to do, instead off dwelling on the past, like bengahzy! we all know it was tradgic, we all know its was a debacle... In fact it was a learnable debacle that a lot of administrations have made and not a single thing was said or done to implament restrictions of ignorance..... lets see, Reagan " Iran contra blunder and lie to congress and the American people : selling ARMS to IRAN to get money for his central America project, And many U.s soildiers and contractor were killed..... Google it! How about a Nice lied to congress Iraq war from Bush and his partner in crime the vice president who pulled all the strings on Bush???????? Oh I could go on....... The fact is Snowden commited treason and exposed all of our safety to the rest of the world, who kill you if you speak bad about their government, you know Russia and China!!!! better think before you speak, euh!

    June 11, 2013 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • madfoot713

      Oh my goodness you are brainwashed.

      June 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Little Bit Farm

        Completely.and utterly.

        June 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Oh Yeah? Why is he in China hiding out right now????????? hes hit either way, shouldn't have sold us out! Please give us you take on this situation, its ok to due what ever you want with our intelligence? stupid!

        June 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • madfoot713

        Okay, first of all sm, learn to type properly, it's impossible to take you seriously the way you type. You said he's a bad guy for doing whatever he wants with "our intelligence". But if it's *our* intelligence, why can't we know about it? Why is he in trouble for telling us what the government is doing in secret? Who did he really betray, the American people? I don't think so.

        June 13, 2013 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
      • sm

        There you go mad dog worrying about my freakin typos, and you don't have a clue about the world we live in , and don't even know how our govt works!!!!!!! Educate me on your superiority and knowledge mad dog. Lend us your wealth of knowledge.............

        June 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • sm

        You slept threw American govt 101 in high school, didn't you? Your watching too many cartoons. Your safety means nothing, Right? snowden is drinking saki in Hong Kong With the Chineese officials, dunksi. Bring it!

        June 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      No lives were endangered by Snowden coming out and calling the US government liars (which they are). If you think terrorists were organizing plots using landlines or cell phones you're mistaken... not even drug dealers use phones tied to their names. Furthermore, no lives have been saved by collecting this information, so what's the point, and why did Clapper lie about it when asked? Snowden called out the liars and now he's a traitor?! That logic is ridiculous and baffling to me.

      June 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Thank you for showing us here in America the immaturity of the witless in our country, Its an epidemic. God for bid youd help your community with your physical time and energy. thanks for the heads up on the pattern of the next generations to come to trust with our country!

        June 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Mike , " Go back to High School and do it over again" for God sake, and spread the word.. We cant tell an 18 year old from a 30 year old. Keep texting Mile!

        June 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Snowden is not really a hero. In a way, i can see that transparency is an important issue and Ron Paul is semi-right in saying there shouldn't be secret courts for this. That being said, freedom is not free; there is a cost. The NSA says that it has foiled at least 50 terrorist actions because of these kind of surveying. Then, of all things, he goes to Russia and China for protection...it looks like he is selling info.

      June 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jc

      ""Too Bad he sworn himself to secrecy and exposed our govt secrets to the " WHOLE" world...........""

      Our government's secret that it spies on citizens and keeps records doesn't benefit hostile intelligence networks, it simply hurts your rights and puts you in danger from your own elected officials and unelected policy makers. Not to mention it aught to scare the crap out of you.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • timedwk

      An oath to engage in illegal activities or not to expose illegal activities is not enforceable. Please refer to Contract law for verification.

      July 19, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. max

    Ron is the only one on our side! So let me get this down for I won’t for get it. If the ones we vote in all say to the ufo people, sure in there best interested you may eat them all. But leave us a lone, this is a good balances? What in the world is wrong with you people. You are not voted in to keep us in the dark for our own good. wow

    June 11, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rienone

      Thanks to these two patriots!

      June 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • wendall

      sounds like UFO sciiFi !! unidentified fried opinion! really?

      June 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mark D

    Piers did a great job interviewing James Woolsley. Good job confronting Woolsley with the text of the 4th Amendment and then watching him squirm. Its a shame that we couldnt watch more of that. Definitely got some points for 4th amendment even though the second amendment got some bad press in the first segment. Post that clip with Woolsey!!

    June 11, 2013 at 5:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      Yeah, Piers doesn't have all the Bill of Rights down yet. Maybe one day he'll get the Second down, unless he's just picking and choosing.

      June 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Blue

    Good God! Ron Paul is a nut case, and so is his son. Showden is a traitor and should be punished as one. I dare he in trying to bring America to its knees.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • madfoot713

      The government is not the country. The true traitors are the politicians in Washington who hate the American people!

      June 12, 2013 at 5:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        We elected these nuts, we let them wreak havoc on us in the name and money they desire. Were nothing and they ( our elected officials) eat steak, smoke Cubans and drink scotch. bologna anyone. we continue to let them due it. don't elect someone because you like their name!!!!!

        June 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanielleE.

      Seriously? Ron Paul is one of the only TRUTHFUL politicians you have but you would all rather hide your heads in the sand. America is not "land of the free...." It is all a mirage by your government and you have all been brainwashed.

      June 12, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        young grass hopper, He is whacked!!!! You'd trust this dufuss? my dear you need to re-educate your self in govt and polotics.... The trouble is we need to throw out the old and redefine the new, no loop holes ( that's ignorance) , smart regulation in the best of the country and society ( middle class)

        June 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom S

      You, blue, are the absolute nut case!

      June 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Yes, Ron Paul is Coo- Coo ! This we all know is true

        June 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Snowden is a traitor for telling Americans the government is lying? Really? He did not divulge any secrets, he stated that the NSA is spying on Americans. How does that make him a traitor?! If the government lies, that is an immoral act and it should be countered by the truth by a dissenter aka a Patriot. It's these people who stand up against immoral laws and acts of government that defines the word Patriot.

      June 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • T.m

        I know know ones home upstairs in your brain, BUT........ Snowdon went through a 1000 papers of background checks for security on the promise and responcibility to do his job and work for The national Security of America ( and its suppose to be secret). Every senator and congressmen approved this program, they cant say that to the few idiots who are upset.

        June 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • sm

        See you cant think rationaly about the safety of your family and country, You get peed at the thought the govt tracks your numbers but its fine and dandy for Yahoo, google and every other corp in the world tracking you right know.. Dummy!

        June 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RoyceO

    He exposes a covert and illegal operation against the citizens of this country while putting his life in jeopardy.

    God bless Snowden, we need more real men like him. Enough of the cowards who defend government at all costs.

    June 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Science

      Hey RoyceO

      And the fairy in the sky did not create US

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/comment-page-118/#comment-2412032

      June 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • T.T

        what a traitor!!!!!! hes in it for his own psychotic irrational fantasy world.......... Snowdens Toast!

        June 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimmy

    it's classified info only because the govt says it's classified info. they could start opening everyone's mail and simply claim it's all classified info and get the secret fisa court to rubber stamp it. they say it's a crime merely for someone to talk about a program of spying on US citizens. there are some who want to make it a crime for the media to report on those who talk about the program of spying on US citizens. next they will want to make it a crime for us to discuss it here in the internet. all this for a "war on terror" that involves little more than Russian punks with pipe bombs. yet some of you will still blindly defend whatever the police state apparatus wants to do to us.

    June 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Paul Goodwin

    Our elitist servants inverse relationship to its citizens are exposed with each coverup and the weakening of the Republic. Every citizen is a victim , again. And Ron Paul is labeled crazy. The Government Propaganda Machine will erode a patriots credibility to justify its actions.

    June 13, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ron

    Very sad to know that a senator can say that a whistleblower is risking his life by exposing dictatorial actions of the US government. These actions of the government should have been investigated immediately by congress and the courts.And criminally at that. The government is not a law unto itself, that's dictatorship and this type of action must be stopped forthwith. Anything less is acquiescence on the part of the senator. That is treason against the people of the United States.

    June 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      The last few generations think they need to know everthing in this country, But we don't need to know! in fact you don't contribute abything with your hands except text, and play video games. You probably don't know the names of the countries making noise in the world. if you do, You great you all should know it!

      June 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • james

        you keep talking about people not contributing, playing video games, texting and so on. just curious...every other comment on this page is from you. is this your contribution? sitting online heckling everybody's opinions and calling names? is it lonely up on your high horse?
        you know there is still a large part of the american population that don't believe in sacrificing freedom for security.
        considering statistically you are more likely to be crushed by a falling bathtub then killed in a terrorist attack, i think i would rather take my chances. quite frankly, i am sick of my taxes increasing every year to pay all these new programs that don't seem to do much of anything. all this surveillance and spying, yet the boston bombing still happened.

        if we want to discuss security, lets talk about how your are statistically more likely to be killed by militarized police wrongfully raiding your house than getting gunned down in a movie theater. what about random cavity searches for women on the side of the highway by police? i sure feel more secure. you?

        July 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sm

    Why don't all concerned about the NSA ( that protects us) get a degree and do something wothr while and contribute to this country besides Facebooking all day, How about that. Snowden is a Traitor, and is drinking it up in Hong kong with China, do you even understand that. Prove it and give us your spin on the news today.. You don't have a clue.

    June 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ThePatrioticOne

      This SM guy, you are oblivious and ignorant, but its okay. Its your belief and libertarianism(Ron paul supporters) is about embracing all ideas.

      You are welcomed to believe in what you want even if its the very reason our country is falling in the hands of tyranny. Its your grandchildren and children after that who will suffer.

      You do not need to support everything your government does to be a patriot, in contrary, our country was founded on that idea.

      August 5, 2013 at 6:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Eric

    It took great courage to do what he did. Yes, he did take an oath of secrecy.. And I am sure that it was a difficult decision. The unchecked powers are now trying to smear his character in order to take away his credibility. They hope America will just forget, much like America forgot about the weapons inspector that always said there were no WMD in Iraq (did we ever find any?) He too was smeared and faded off into history.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely

    June 14, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Fred Mirks

    We need to confront China's role in 9/11:

    Senior Chinese diplomat visits Taliban chief in Afghanistan December 13, 2000 Islamabad Deutsche Presse-Agentur The Chinese ambassador in Pakistan, Lu
    Shulin, held talks with the Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar in Kandahar on Tuesday, raising the contacts between the two sides to a new high, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) agency reported Wednesday... AIP said
    China acquired U.S. cruise missile technology from the Taliban, which passed on the unexploded missiles from the U.S. attack in 1998 on suspected bin Laden camps in Afghanistan. The news agency said the Afghan people expect China to veto the U.S.-Russian resolution in the Security Council because it
    also seeks an arms embargo exclusively against the Taliban, assuring continued supplies to its opponents who are supported by the anti-Taliban nations.

    The First World Hacker War By CRAIG S. SMITH NY Times May 13, 2001 After last month's collision of an American spy plane and a Chinese jet, hackers in
    the United States and China began defacing Web sites on both sides of the Pacific. Then Chinese hackers, led by a group called the Honkers Union, declared war.

    June 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jim Clements

    Americans need to get their heads out of their asses and realize the NSA or Gov't are keeping the truth from our people.! I didn't believe it until I was sent to vietnam 67-68. I lost faith in Sen. Maclain when he he went for the amnesty bill. Like they say politicians will do anything to get votes , and disregard the citizens wishes!

    June 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. ThePatrioticOne

    This SM guy, you are oblivious and ignorant, but its okay. Its your belief and libertarianism(Ron paul supporters) is about embracing all ideas.

    You are welcomed to believe in what you want even if its the very reason our country is falling in the hands of tyranny. Its your grandchildren and children after that who will suffer.

    You do not need to support everything your government does to be a patriot, in contrary, our country was founded on that idea.

    August 5, 2013 at 5:59 am | Report abuse | Reply

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