Meanwhile, Pentagon officials denounced the leak, calling it a "security breach."
In the aftermath of the media storm around the news earlier this month that the NSA was collecting phone data, we ask: What will happen to Snowden?
"I've been thinking about this as the story has unfolded and at first I thought (Snowden) was trying to raise a public debate about important issues, and that maybe he's more like a whistle-blower," Senator Angus King (I-ME), who sits on the Senate Committee on Intelligence, tells The Takeaway. "As it's gone on, I'm moving more and more towards the treason end of the scale. There were other ways to bring this information to light."
King says that Snowden could have gotten in touch with members of the Senate Committee on Intelligence or the House Intelligence Committee if he had concerns about U.S. surveillance programs, instead of leaking them to the world.
"There are a number of ways that he could have raised the kind of concerns that he was talking about at first—about American's privacy," says King. "But then he goes to China and publicly talks about what our cyber efforts are with regard to China. That's a whole different deal. Now we learn that he gave an interview to the South China Post where he said he took the Booz Allen job specifically to get in a position to get this information so he could release it."
"That sounds like treason to me," says King.