Michael Moore blasts Obama over NSA leaks, calls whistleblower Edward Snowden a ‘hero’

Michael MooreWell-known progressive director Michael Moore rarely disagrees with President Obama – which is why it’s shocking to hear that the “Fahrenheit 9/11” director has blasted the president over the revelation of the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance activities.

He even went so far as to call the NSA whistleblower, former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden, a “hero” for coming forth with the information – just as conservative pundit and Tea Party leader Glenn Beck did on Sunday.

Moore has made his feelings toward the NSA leaks known through his Twitter account, @mmflint, as he posted tweet after tweet about it over the past few days.

Last week an NSA employee told The Guardian and The Washington Post about the association’s surveillance programs operating both inside and outside the United States, including collecting phone records of Verizon customers and an electronic surveillance program called PRISM that allows the government to track Internet use such as email, video, photo and social networking details.

The fact that Moore is siding with the Tea Party is startling, especially since the documentarian has enjoyed bashing the Tea Party as much as possible in the past. He originally blamed the group for the Boston Marathon bombing back in April, and last month the filmmaker said that the “real scandal” behind the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of conservative organizations was that they didn’t collect enough taxes from profitable corporations like General Electric.