TOM MORELLO Says NSA Leaker EDWARD SNOWDEN Is A 'Hero'

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello says that Edward Snowden, the now-famous/infamous National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, is a "hero" who "exposed the crimes of the government."

Snowden is a former CIA employee who faces felony charges of espionage and theft of government property after admitting he leaked classified material to Britain's The Guardian newspaper. He remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday in an effort to evade extradition and is reportedly waiting for political asylum from Ecuador or some other sympathetic country.

Speaking to TMZ.com this past Monday night (June 24) in Los Angeles, Morello said (see video below), "I think [Snowden] should live a happy life in Ecuador. That's what I think. I think he's a hero. He exposed the crimes of the government. That we're all being spied on, all the time by the Obama administration. If anybody deserves to be in jail, it's not Snowden."

He added: "Today, I got an e-mail from Obama's campaign, or whatever, asking me for money after they've been spying on me and their drones have been killing civilians. So I decided I'm gonna take whatever amount of money that I might have donated, which would have been not that much, and I'm gonna donate it to whatever airplane or flight is gonna get Snowden to Ecuador. Whatever fund that is, that's what I'm gonna donate that money to. I'd be happy to [do that], and that means I'm guilty of espionage as well, probably. But so are you for asking the question."

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