Silicon Valley investor and technologist Marc Andreessen today declared NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden a traitor on national television.
Although Andreessen does not speak for the entire tech industry, his words hold great weight; he created the first popular Web browser, played a role in the development of HTML, and now maintains local-celebrity status as a cofounder of VC giant Andreessen Horowitz.
You can check out Andreessen’s full interview [below], but here’s the money quote:
For me obviously he’s a traitor. If you look up in the encyclopedia ‘traitor,’ there’s a picture of Ed Snowden.
The Snowden reveals keep coming out. The [Obama] administration is letting the NSA out to dry. They’re letting the American tech industry out to dry.
Back at the Snowden-hero camp, you’ll find Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.
Andreessen Horowitz is a $950 million venture capital firm that was launched on July 6, 2009. Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are the general partners of the firm.... All Andreessen Horowitz news »
Mr. Andreessen is a co-founder and has been a General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm, since July 2009. Previously, Mr. Andreessen co-founded and served as the Chairma... All Marc Andreessen news »