Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, now lives as a fugitive in Moscow, Russia. He was charged with treason, as he was found guilty of leaking thousands of classified documents.
During a recent interview, Edward Snowden argues that the retired general, David Petraeus, was responsible for having mishandled far more sensitive information than he ever did during his time in office.
This all was stirred up by the fact that David Petraeus, who was the former director of the CIA is reportedly up for consideration by the President-elect Donald Trump as the incoming secretary of state.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News, Edward Snowden stated that there was a two-tiered system of justice in the United States.
By this, he meant that there are people who were guilty of other crimes got off the hook with very light punishments, simply because they were well-connected to the government or had access to an incredible amount of resources.
This, Edward Snowden noted that the best example he could give in recent history was that of David Pertraeus, who shared information that was far more highly classified than Snowden ever did with the journalists.
The truth of the matter is, Petraeus actually did plead guilty back in the year 2015. He was charged with a misdemeanor of mishandling classified information.
This was after he revealed some of the state’s secrets to his biographer, Paula Broadwell. It was also alleged that David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer, Miss Broadwell.
According to Snowden and the court records, Petraeus handed Miss Broadwell a black book of highly classified “code word” documents. These included identities of covert officers and notes of National Security Council meetings.
David Petraeus was then found guilty of the misdemeanor and sentenced to 2 years on probation and a fine of $100,000.
Edward Snowden, who was also found to have leaked classified information to journalists in a bid to expose the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance of Americans and others around the world, greatly criticized David Petraeus’ motives.
He said that Petraeus leaked the information to impress his lover, Miss Broadwell, and cared less about the safety of Americans.
The highly classified information that Petraeus leaked was not for the benefit of the public, but for his personal benefit.
The information leaked was not only highly classified, but also above top secret. There were conversations that had information, detailed information, about special military programs, and even conversations with the president.
Edward Snowden was charged with treason while David Petraeus never even spent a day in jail, despite the highly classified information that he leaked. Edward Snowden now stays in Moscow as a fugitive, exiled from his own country.
In the midst of all this, Petraeus has not responded to any of Snowden’s comments. However, Petraeus apologized again for the leaks.
This was after having a meeting with the President-elect Donald Trump earlier. The meeting was to discuss his possible role as the secretary of state.
During an interview with ABC, Petraeus said that the FBI recognized that, there is nothing that was in journals that he shared – certainly improperly – ended up in the biography or the hands of the public.
However, Petraeus admitted that 5 years ago, he admitted having made a serious mistake that he paid a heavy price for. He apologized and said that he learned his lesson from it.
Edward Snowden, on the other hand, leaked thousands of NSA classified information to several journalists, who published them and caused what intelligence officials have constantly said was harm to national security. According to Rep.
Lynn Westmoreland, his actions harmed the US relationships around the world, put in danger the lives of American soldiers who were deployed in war zones and also reduced the country’s allies’ collective ability to preclude terrorist attacks.
The former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, who has been charged with treason, is seeking a pardon or a plea deal from the Obama Administration before the President-elect Donald Trump steps in the White House.