Rep. Mike Rogers: Snowden’s actions defy logic

June 23, 2013

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday that Edward Snowden's actions defy logic.

Rogers was reacting to Snowden's reported trip from Hong Kong to Moscow, and possible plans to move to Cuba and Venezuela. Meanwhile, Ecuador's foreign minister tweeted Sunday afternoon that his government had received a request for asylum from Snowden. Cuba and/or Venezuela could be stopping points on the way to Ecuador.

Rogers said moving to nations that are hostile to the United States runs counter to what Snowden has said he wants.

"When you think about what he says he wants and what his actions are, it defies logic," Rogers said on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Rogers said the Obama administration should use "every legal avenue we have" to bring Snowden, who revealed information about the government's sweeping surveillance efforts, back to the United States.

"I am very worried about what else he has, and what else he may put out there," Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said of the former NSA contractor.

Updated at 2:57 p.m.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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