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Obama: 'I Don't Think Mr. Snowden Was a Patriot'

3:37 PM, Aug 9, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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At his Friday afternoon press conference, President Barack Obama said he does not consider Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information, a patriot.

"No, I don't think Mr. Snowden was a patriot," said Obama, in response to a question from NBC News's Chuck Todd. Watch the video below:

Earlier in his remarks, Obama praised both intellligence officials and employees and those who have "lawfully raised their voices" in opposition to the NSA's surveillance programs as "patriots."

"The men and women of our intelligence community work every single day toi keep us safe because they love this country and believe in our values. They're patriots," said the president. "And I believe that those who have lawfully raised their voices on behalf of privacy and civil liberties are also patriots who love our country and want it to live up to its highest ideals."

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