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Dick Cheney defends national surveillance policies

Calls contractor who disclosed them a traitor

NEW YORK — Former vice president Dick Cheney defended the newly disclosed electronic surveillance programs operated by the government on Sunday and called the former National Security Agency contract worker who disclosed them a criminal and a traitor.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Cheney, a forceful advocate for the classified programs when he was in office, said that Edward J. Snowden, a Booz Allen Hamilton employee who was assigned to a NSA facility in Hawaii, had severely undermined US intelligence capabilities.

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