House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) left little doubt Tuesday as to how he thinks NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be dealt with: as an enemy of the state.

"He's a traitor," Boehner said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it's a giant violation of the law."

Boehner said he believes all of the programs detailed in recent days are legal and that he has been briefed on them.

He said Americans' privacy is "absolutely" being protected.

"Every time that I've been in a briefing, nine out of 10 people in the room are lawyers there to protect the privacy of the American people," Boehner said.