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Edward Snowden and discussions of government transparency continue to dominate the Sunday morning talk shows

Published August 11, 2013 6:00PM (EDT)

Politicians continue to debate the fate of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the future of government surveillance programs. Highlights from today's Sunday morning shows, below:

On "Fox News Sunday," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that Putin's decision to grant NSA whistelblower Edward Snowden asylum was a “signal of incredibly bad relations between the U.S. and Russia and My. Putin putting his thumb right in America's eye.”

On NBC’s "Meet the Press," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that the "status quo is not acceptable" with regard to the poor record of prosecution of sexual assault in the military.

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ABC's "This Week" hosted an exclusive interview with Lon Snowden, the father of Edward Snowden, who said that him and his lawyer, Bruce Fein, "intend to visit with Edward and suggest criminal defense attorneys who have experience in criminal espionage act prosecutions."

On CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, who voted to defund the NSA surveillance program, said that the NSA should not have a "blank check" from the government.

On CBS's "Face the Nation," Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director, defended the NSA program, saying that it is "lawful, effective, and appropriate."

By Prachi Gupta

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