He referred to the long-running James Bond series when he added, “I liken this to the transition [sic] that have occurred from Sean Connery all the way to Daniel Craig.”
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a self-described “techie,” invited his social media followers to ask him questions in a Reddit-hosted online chat and answered a range from the serious to the more comedic.
He took advantage of the forum to discuss his use of technology to improve the legislative system. Issa reminded users of his support for the KeepTheWeb#Open campaign, which is dedicated to stopping the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).
“I recently launched the first-ever Congressional crowdsourced legislative platform called Madison. I put Madison up on KeeptheWebOPEN.com to give all American and Internet users the opportunity to read, comment on and ultimately improve Internet piracy legislation,” he said. “Today, we have SOPA, PIPA, my own bill the OPEN [Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade] Act, and now the ACTA [Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement] treaty online for your review. I’m proud to report that last month, I included user-generated improvements to six sections of my OPEN Act.”
While voicing his support for Internet freedom, Issa condemned Wikileaks, which he said “serves no legitimate purpose” by leaking sometimes sensitive information to an unauthorized audience.
“I support free speech at all levels almost to the absolute extreme,” he said. “But I think Wikileaks was over the line ... they didn’t live up to the responsibility of being true whistleblowers.”