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Limbaugh: The Real Danger Is Obama, Not NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

RUSH LIMBAUGH: We're looking now at this Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old young man who has gone public with the PRISM program. And the real danger here -- and look, John Bolton is out. Snerdley's livid at this guy. A lot of people are. John Bolton is out saying, "This guy is a traitor and he needs to be charged and tried as a traitor." And there are some people that think that if we'd have dealt with Bradley Manning when he gave up all those documents to Julian Assange, that this wouldn't have happened.

Other people are sympathetic because this guy admitted he had all kinds of high hopes for Obama to stop this stuff, and Obama's only exacerbated it and made it worse, which is one of the reasons he's stated that he's come forward. The real danger to me, though, is not one or two rogue employees at the IRS or the NSA or the CIA. The real danger is having a rogue administration. And we do, I think. This is the primary challenge that we face.

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I'm sitting here sort of undecided. Snerdley's been asking me, "Do you think this guy ought to be tried for treason?" I don't know yet. I'm not gonna be hurried into judgment on this, because to me it matters who has this kind of information. It matters to me who's collecting it. It matters ideologically who they are. Yeah, I do defend institutions and traditions, but they can become corrupted. And if this guy is participating in dealing with corruption, if he's ultimately trying to do something good and protect something that's going on -- I know it doesn't look at that now. It looks like he's exposing it. He is impugning it. He's maligning it.

There's also some confusing stuff. This guy says he's in Hong Kong because it's a beacon of hope and freedom? Where is that ever established? Hong Kong? The ChiComs can pull anybody out of Hong Kong any time they want. There's no extradition agreement between China and the United States. Hong Kong? This guy could go to any number of places. He could go to Sweden. He could go to any number of places. Hong Kong? I don't understand that at all. I don't see what secrets he revealed with PRISM. He basically told the story of a process.

But he didn't give away any secrets, Snerdley. What secret did he give away? The fact that we're doing it on this kind of a massive scale? I'm sorry, but if you didn't think this was going on already then you need to reapply yourself. The Google guy's alone are helping the administration do this kind of stuff. There's a news story about Eric Schmidt and his investment in the Obama administration, data mining and all kinds of stuff. I just printed it out. I must have put it on the bottom of something. The high-tech specialists of the world in Silicon Valley have been working with Obama since 2007, 2008 to give his campaign and the Democrat Party a leg up in all this stuff. The fact that it's going on to this degree doesn't surprise me at all.

(audio via MFP); transcript via Rush Limbaugh)

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