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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan: Edward Snowden must be "brought to justice"

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin House Republican Paul Ryan says the man who leaked the story about government surveillance of domestic phone calls and Internet usage must be “brought to justice.”

Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee from Janesville, says Edward Snowden is proving to be an embarrassment to Washington.

The former federal contractor flew to Hong Kong, which said no an extradition request to bring him back to the U.S. to face charges. Snowden then fled to Moscow and possibly Ecuador.

Ryan said on MSNBC Monday morning that Snowden’s leaks have raised troubling questions about the government’s wide-ranging electronic surveillance. Still, Ryan says Congress needs to know how and why a federal contracting agent obtained such sensitive information in the first place.

New York House Republican Peter King tells CNN Monday that Hong Kong’s decision not to extradite Snowden seemed “totally political.” He said the decision probably could not have been made without China’s blessing.

King said President Obama needs a tougher attitude against countries that fail to cooperate with U.S. extradition requests. King also said the president needs to explain his surveillance efforts to the American people.

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