Rep. Aaron Schock | Charles Dharapak~AP
Updated: July 12, 2013 6:20AM
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) had harsh words for the man who blew the whistle on phone record spying on behalf of the National Security Administration.
“I believe this man has committed treason,” Schock said at a City Club of Chicago appearance on Monday.
Schock, who sits on the House’s powerful Ways & Means Committee, said by telling the story to the national media, the nation’s security was put at risk.
In a follow-up interview with the Sun-Times, Schock said the man who identified himself of the leak regarding the NSA — Edward Snowden — should “absolutely” be prosecuted. Based on Schock’s understanding of the oath Snowden took, the disclosure violates the oath.
“I think we have an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, which surprises me he fled there. I would hope the government of Hong Kong would extradite him back to the United States,” Schock said. “He needs to be held accountable for his actions.”
Schock said he wasn’t certain that everything the NSA was doing “was on the up and up” but that whistleblowers should use discretion and perhaps approach Congress members privately to reveal such information.
“I think he should be able to come forward … to us and say, ‘hey, hello, we have a problem,’ without going out to the international community and exposing our intelligence,” Schock said.