06/23/2013 09:37 am ET Updated Aug 23, 2013

Mike Rogers: Edward Snowden 'Defies Logic,' U.S. Must Get Him Back (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's reported choice to fly to Cuba and Venezuela undermines his whistleblower claims, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Sunday.

"Every one of those nations is hostile to the United States, the Michigan Republican said on NBC's "Meet the Press" news talk show.

The U.S. government must exhaust all legal options to get Snowden back to the United States, Rogers said.

"When you think about what he says he wants and what his actions are, it defies logic," said Rogers, who repeated his assertion that Snowden's leaks of secret government surveillance programs had damaged U.S. national security. (Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Bill Trott)



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