John Bolton: Edward Snowden ‘Ought To Swing From A Tall Oak Tree’

Huffington Post – by Mollie Reilly

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke out against former government contractor Edward Snowden for leaking classified details on the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance practices, suggesting Snowden should “swing from a tall oak tree” as punishment.

Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Bolton, who served under former President George W. Bush, characterized Snowden’s actions as treason, and urged against any public talk of amnesty.

“I must say absent some other important piece of information, it has to be one of the dumbest things that I’ve seen in a long time, to be speculating about it publicly, even if they are contemplating a deal with Snowden some kind of amnesty,” Bolton said. “The last thing that people ought to be doing is speculating about it publicly. It will inevitably make it a political football and enhance Snowden’s bargaining power.”

Bolton continued, “My view is that Snowden committed treason, he ought to be convicted of that, and then he ought to swing from a tall oak tree. But even if you don’t believe that, if you’re gonna say anything publicly, that is closer to what you should be saying to enhance our own bargaining leverage.”

Bolton’s remarks came in response to NSA official Rick Ledgett’s suggestion it is “worth having a conversation about” amnesty for Snowden.

“I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured and my bar for those assurances would be very high,” Ledgett told CBS News during an interview that aired on Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” “It would be more than just an assertion on his part.”

NSA Director Keith Alexander, however, disagrees with Ledgett.

“I think people have to be held accountable for their actions,” Alexander told CBS. “Because what we don’t want is the next person to do the same thing, race off to Hong Kong and to Moscow with another set of data knowing they can strike the same deal.”

18 thoughts on “John Bolton: Edward Snowden ‘Ought To Swing From A Tall Oak Tree’

  1. Hmm…,disagree with John,I see Snowden as a patriot who gave obama a bit more transparency in the govt. then he probably wanted.

  2. Snowden did the right thing in his heart, no doubt he was raised with values, ethics and clear vision unlike many in government. Thank god we had contractors working on behalf of the American people. Its clear the bureaucrats are only concerned with their careers and would wittingly follow a Hitler style government. Bureaucrats in government have become a homogenized force of valueless and unaccountable diseased mongoloids. Government needs to be completely purged to stop the inbreeding of these diseased bureaucrats.

    1. It’s difficult to hide the truth when its slapping you in the face. You fail to realize what your government has become. But like Goebbels propaganda you might likely be the type easily led to slaughter.

      “Come on into the building and take a shower after your long ride on the crowded train”

      Your not your own man and can be easily led

      1. You’re not still falling for that tired old Zionist, AshkeNAZI, so-called ‘jew’ fairy tale known as the Holohoax, are you?

        I thought we put that lie to rest on this site.

  3. My Fellow Americans:

    John Bolton is an enemy of America,.. a traitor, a Zionist, and a CIA operative.

    Why does anybody listen to what this piece of human filth has to squawk out his festering pie hole???

    John Bolton has ALREADY proven,… and convicted himself as a complete and absolute traitor.

    John Bolton WILL hang for his treason when the Post Civil-War Treason Trials get underway, guranteed!

    JD – US Marines – This bag of treasonous filth, John Bolton, has earned a special place for his crimes, like Feinstein, Pelosi, Reid, Ocrapo and all the other two bit communist scum that is trying each and every day to destroy this country further.

  4. Like Henry said yesterday this child Snowden is nothing more than a DISTRACTION and is having the planned effect causing debate about nothing,then J D explained the “security” clearence issue(at this point in his career he would only be sweeping floors),like 911 it just couldnt happen like its being portrayed

    1. Couldn’t agree more.

      Bolton is wrong on whom should be swinging from a tall oak tree. And it sure isn’t Snowjob 🙂

  5. They might now know and realize Snowden downloaded the keys to the kingdom and names of people and organizations attempting to gain control banking, mining farming to maintain universal power.

  6. Bolton doesn’t deserve the dignity of a tall oak tree, he’s more of a drag him by the neck behind an old Chevy kind of guy.

  7. “Because what we don’t want is the next person to do the same thing, race off to Hong Kong and to Moscow with another set of data knowing they can strike the same deal.”

    No, that would never do, would it.

    That might just expose your Satanic agenda of mass murder to far too many people, and they’d be after your worthless hides, wouldn’t they.

    It could even result in your premature demise.

    One can only hope.

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