Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that national intelligence director James Clapper "lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr. [Edward] Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy."
Paul added that both men broke the law, but that history would determine judgment. He also predicted that if Snowden "cozies up to the Russian government, it will be nothing but bad for his name in history. If he goes to an independent third country like Iceland and if he refuses to talk to any sort of formal government about this, I think there's a chance that he'll be seen as an advocate of privacy."
Paul also added that cozying up to any government that are "perceived still as enemies of ours," like China or Russia, will sully his name in history. Further, Paul reiterated that Clapper lied to Congress and admitted as much.
While there have been charges filed against Edward Snowden, no action has been taken against Clapper.