Snowden defends Comey's disclosure of Trump memo
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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday defended former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Trump: Comey saying Dems 'have to win' in 2020 'exposed his partisan stance' Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — NRCC exposes security flaws 2 years after Russia hacks | Google Plus to shut down early | Scathing House report scolds Equifax for breach | McCarthy knocks Google ahead of CEO's hearing MORE's efforts to publicly disclose memos of his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE.

"Even if details leaked by the FBI Director fell under confidentiality obligations, the public's need to know here is the superior obligation," Snowden wrote on Twitter.

Comey acknowledged in a bombshell testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier Thursday that he had authorized a friend to share with a reporter the content of a personal memo detailing a conversation between him and Trump.

The memo, which Comey wrote contemporaneously, documented his Oval Office meeting with Trump in February when the president allegedly asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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In doing so, Comey said, he hoped it would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to lead the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the election.

In a statement pushing back on portions of Comey's testimony, Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz accused the fired FBI chief of improperly leaking privileged information to the press.

Snowden rose to notoriety in 2013 when he leaked droves of NSA documents to reporters detailing sweeping foreign and domestic surveillance by the U.S. government. After the disclosures, Snowden fled the U.S. before eventually claiming asylum in Russia.

The relationship between Snowden and Comey has been fraught in the past. The former top cop has generally dismissed claims that Snowden is a whistleblower, arguing that he simply broke the law in his disclosures.

The former NSA contractor, however, stood up for Comey in the wake of his abrupt firing last month, saying: "If I can oppose his firing, so can you."

"This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you," he tweeted.