Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is comparing former national security adviser John Bolton to Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency secrets-leaker.
Pompeo made his comments during a Monday interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013, when U.S. authorities charged him with espionage-related crimes for stealing and leaking classified information.
In the past, Pompeo has said Snowden should be executed for treason.
The administration has maintained Bolton’s new book, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," contains classified information.
"We saw what happened when people [de]classify information like Edward Snowden,” Pompeo said. “What John Bolton did here is not dissimilar from that, and while we will leave open for the Justice Department to take its action, this kind of information getting out presents real risk and real harm to America.
“This president's foreign policy is something that John Bolton should've been proud of and instead he stepped away in a way that fundamentally misrepresents what we've done. Frankly, the information that he's released puts criminal liability squarely on him."
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