Over the strong objections of Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, offered a live video conference on Monday with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Speaking from Moscow, Snowden expressed no regrets for having exposed U.S. intelligence gathering methods. “I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and I saw that the Constitution was violated on a massive scale,” Snowden said. Pompeo had urged the festival to uninvite Snowden. “Rewarding Mr. Snowden’s behavior in this way encourages the very lawlessness he exhibited,” Pompeo wrote in a letter, saying Snowden “is no more a whistle-blower than were Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs or Benedict Arnold.”
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