Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey told Edward Snowden he did “the right thing” in leaking information about the National Security Agency, according to e-mails published in the Guardian.
“I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution,” the former GOP senator from New Hampshire wrote to Snowden. “Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion.”
In an e-mail to journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story about Snowden, Humphrey called Snowden a “courageous whistle-blower.”
“Yes. It was I who sent the email message to Edward Snowden, thanking him for exposing astonishing violations of the U.S. Constitution and encouraging him to persevere in the search for asylum,” Humphrey wrote. “To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a program and not details that would place any person in harm’s way. I regard him as a courageous whistle-blower.”
In a thank you note to Humphrey, Snowden said that the information he has cannot be compromised, not even by U.S. intelligence agencies.
“No intelligence service - not even our own - has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).”
Snowden added “you may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.”