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Ex-senator says Edward Snowden should be publicly hanged

Edward Snowden, controversial NSA whistleblower, has sought asylum in Russia for about two years in order to avoid impending espionage charges in the United States. But one retired senator is clearly holding a grudge.

"We need to hang [Snowden] on the courthouse square as soon was we get our hands on him," former Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), once the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said earlier this month at a speaking engagement at the University of Georgia.

Chambliss' comments were made during a discussion of the recent hack on the Office of Personnel Management, where the sensitive information of almost 22 million people was compromised, allegedly by Chinese hackers. Chambliss claimed both incidents will result in American deaths.

"I hope none of you have any sympathy for [Snowden]," he told students in the audience.

Good thing Snowden likes Russia.