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08/11/2013 11:51 am ET | Updated Aug 11, 2013

Lon Snowden: Obama 'Either Being Misled... Or He Is Intentionally Misleading The American People'

Lon Snowden, the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, offered some harsh words for President Obama on Sunday.

"I was disappointed in the president's press conference," he said on ABC's This Week. "I believe that's driven by his clear understanding that the American people are absolutely unhappy with what they've learned and that more is going to be forthcoming."

Obama discussed the situation with Snowden during a press conference on Friday.

The president chastised the former NSA contractor, saying, "I don't think Mr. Snowden is a patriot ... I signed an executive order all before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistleblower protection to the intelligent committee or the first time, so there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and felt they needed to question government actions.

But Lon Snowden disagreed with the president's claim.

"The president made the statement that Edward -- that the president had enacted whistle-blower laws that protected contractors like my son Edward, that is absolutely untrue. Either the president is being misled by his advisers or he is intentionally misleading the American people."

Watch the full clip above.

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