Former Director of NSA, FAS Speaker '14 defends freedom of the press

Former Director of the CIA and NSA General Michael Hayden spoke on CBS's "60 Minutes" this week to discuss his time in the Bush Administration. General Hayden, speaking about the investigation into NYT reporter James Risen says:


"The government needs to be strong enough to keep me safe, but I don't want it so strong that it threatens my liberties."

James Risen has been pursued by the federal government after leaking classified CIA information which leaders claim has harmed US national security interests. 

Many are surprised at Hayden's support of Risen. General Hayden, while debating NSA policies with David Cole at the Foreign Affairs Symposium in spring 2014, made national headlines when he stated: "We kill people based on metadata."

See the whole interview from CBS