Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked the agency's data collection programs, suggested Tuesday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a hypocrite for suddenly being concerned that the CIA was spying on members of Congress.
“It's clear the CIA was trying to play 'keep away' with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that's a serious constitutional concern,” Snowden told NBC News. “But it's equally if not more concerning that we're seeing another 'Merkel Effect,' where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.”
Feinstein accused the CIA Tuesday of searching the Senate Intelligence Committee's computers. Feinstein, chairwoman of the committee, said the search may have violated the Fourth Amendment.
This is a far cry from Feinstein's Feb. 19 attitude toward government spy programs. At the time, the California Democrat defended the NSA's data collection programs.
“What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States,” Feinstein said. “And I see enough of the threat stream to know that is possible.
“But the way we prevent another attack – and this is tricky – is intelligence. You have to know what’s going to happen, because it’s too late otherwise.”
But now that the spying is directed at her, she’s changing her tune.