Exiled former CIA employee Edward Snowden came to the unlikely defense of former FBI director James Comey on Twitter after being fired by Trump.
Comey had previously learned of his release while addressing a group of FBI employees when a new flash appeared on the television reporting his dismissal. After learning of Comey’s firing Snowden took to twitter to express his dissatisfaction with Comey’s dismissal.
This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you. https://t.co/zUp5kquy8q
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 9, 2017
Edward Snowden had previously been critical of Comey and his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
@jeffjarvis Drop non-responsive To:/CC:/BCC:, hash both sets, then subtract those that match. Old laptops could do it in minutes-to-hours.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 7, 2016
Comey was in the process of conducting a thorough investigation into whether or not there was collusion between Russia and any member of the Trump adminstration. Leading Democrats speculate that Comey’s firing could be a sign that the investigation was heading in the direction of the White House.
Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 9, 2017
Snowden’s statement is particularly stunning, given Comey’s position on Snowden’s leaking of classified government documents detailing the National Security Administration’s in-depth surveillance of everyday American citizens. In 2014, Comey told National Public Radio that he viewed Snowden not as a heroic whistleblower, but as a fugitive who broke the law.
“I see the government operating the way the founders intended,” Comey said at the time. “I have trouble applying the whistleblower label to someone who basically disagrees with the way our government is structured and operates.”
While James Comey is no longer the director of the FBI, he is still scheduled to testify before a Congressional committee investigating the Donald Trump campaign’s communications with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has asked that Comey provide the Senate with an update of the FBI investigation into the Trump/Russia inquiry up to the time of his firing.