By Blake Neff - 01/02/14 03:16 PM EST
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) decried The New York Times as a “disgrace” following an editorial calling for clemency for National Security Agency leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden.
A Thursday morning editorial in the Times claims Snowden is a “whistle-blower” who revealed illegal programs. King objected strongly, saying that Snowden deliberately infiltrated the NSA to expose its secrets and arguing the programs are all legal and fully authorized.
“No one has found any violations [by the NSA} ... no phone calls are being listened to, no emails are being read,” he said, adding that close monitoring only applies to a handful of individuals following an “exhaustive” court process.
King, who chairs the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, is one of the strongest defenders of NSA surveillance practices in Congress.