Tavis Smiley: Snowden 'Might Be on a Postage Stamp' One Day

January 20, 2014 - 11:12 AM

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Talk show host Tavis Smiley (AP Photo/PBS, File)

(CNSNews.com) - Talk show host Tavis Smiley, in a roundtable discussion on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopolous," said NSA leaker Edward Snowden "might be on a postage stamp" some day.

"I think, very quickly, that in the long run, Edward Snowden -- we were joking earlier -- Edward Snowden might be on a postage stamp somewhere down the road. Edward Snowden is going to be acknowledged one day. He's going to be appreciated. How history is going to regard what Mr. Obama has done in this moment is an open question," Smiley said.

Snowden, the computer analyst whistleblower behind the National Security Agency leaks, was granted temporary asylum in Russia, which has led some, including Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, to claim that Snowden "was cultivated by a foreign power to do what he did."

"I don't think it's a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the [Russian intelligence service] FSB," McCaul said in an interview on "This Week."

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also told "This Week" that she believed Snowden joined the NSA "with the intent to take as much material down as he possibly could."

In response to Smiley's comments on Snowden getting a postage stamp one day, Democratic strategist James Carville said,"I think he might get in the post office one day, but it's going to be..."

"The most wanted man," Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal said, finishing Carville's sentence.

"We'll see in 25 years," Smiley replied.