VIDEO: Paul Ryan Talks Edward Snowden on CBS THIS MORNING
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that the lack of results in the U.S. government's search for NSA leaker Edward Snowden "just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day," in an interview that was broadcast live today, June 25, 2013, on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network. Watch the appearance in full below!
"We have extradition treaties, we have relationships. We should use those relationships. If we're not going to convince allies or other countries to actually help us with this, that doesn't speak very well to how we're being viewed in the world," Ryan told co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell.
Ryan also touched on immigration reform bill as well as recent information in the IRS scandal.
Excerpts from the interview are below.
Charlie Rose: This is from Politico this morning: "Six months into his second term, Barack Obama's presidency is in a dead zone." Now does what's happening with Edward Snowden even emphasize that as well?
REP. Paul Ryan: It does because it just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day. When you see scandals such as the IRS, or intimidation such as the Department of Justice on journalists.
Charlie Rose: What would you have done that the Administration has not done with respect to Edward Snowden?
REP. Paul Ryan: First of all I would reveal, how is it that a 29-year-old contractor with one year at Booz Allen Hamilton can get this kind of security clearance, get access to this kind of intelligence, walk out with a thumb drive and give it to the world? How is it that our security clearances are so low that something like this can happen, that's #1. Number two, once we've discovered that this person has stolen our secrets, has leaked them, you think we'd do a better job of following up with them in China and these other countries.
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