BOB SCHIEFFER: And we want to go now to Long Island and New York Republican Congressman Peter King, who sits on both the House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees. You've been keeping a close eye on this, Congressman. Anything new to report on the security front this morning?
REP. PETER KING: No, Bob, so far, so good. I mean, it's a long haul. There's still several weeks to go. It's still, I believe, a dangerous situation. But up till now, there's been no incidents at all. And again, hopefully, this will continue over the next two weeks and we can focus on the games. But the worst thing we can do in any way is to anyone let their guard down between now and the end of the games.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Are the Russians cooperating any better than they were in the beginning with our people?
REP. PETER KING: Somewhat better, but still not at the same level as a Chinese, the British, or the Greeks. They are still reluctant to give intelligence that they feel would allow us to determine their sources and methods. And also there's still a certain amount of pride, I believe, that they feel they can handle a lot of this on their own.
But there's been, you know, some more sharing than there had been. Still not what it should be. But like as you saw last week with, you know, the toothpaste, you know, there was some sharing there. And again, so far so good. But again, I am real concerned, because, you know, the Russians themselves, like the Russian police and the military, there is a lot of corruption there. That's what led to some of the previous attacks. And they have more of a heavy-handed approach. And they're not as able to pick up nuances, the way we are, the British are, the French, the Germans, that type thing.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Congressman, I want to shift to Edward Snowden. Big story in the New York Times that says that he used a tool called a scraper to get information from the computers at his post out there in Hawaii. There has been some talk that he may have asked for the assignment in Hawaii, because he knew the security there was not as good as it was in some other posts. Had you heard that?
REP. PETER KING: I had heard it. It has not been verified fully, as far as I know. But that is part of the ongoing investigation. I mean, this was unprecedented, what Snowden did here. It can never be allowed to happen again. I know already there's been a number of reforms the N.S.A. has instituted.
But I think this is very reminiscent of what happened with Hanssen, the F.B.I.
spy, where the F.B.I., the N.S.A. are so concerned about outside forces
penetrating their system, that they just did not take the proper precautions
internally. And part of that also is because people such as Snowden and
others in this position, they (UNINTEL PHRASE) to be able to move quickly, to
get things done. And so there were not the restrictions on them that there
should have been.
A lot of that has been changed. There is monitoring now of what goes on. Snowden would not be able to do it again in the future without, of course, you know, it's too late for that. But at least there are some precautions being taken. But again, there has to be a full exhaustive report and analysis, that we can't allow something like this to happen again. And there's so much we do, so much things done to prevent even the slightest bit of information to come out. Then you have millions of documents that are tumbling out under Snowden.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think Snowden knew what documents he was getting?
REP. PETER KING: Yeah, I think so. He was doing a pretty thorough search to see what he was looking for. Now he may not have known when he started exactly what he was going to find. But I believe he knows, again, you know, what he's been turning over. Again, I can't say that for certain. But I would think this seems very systematic, very coordinated. I'm sure there was some overlap, there was some extra documents he got maybe that he wasn't planning on, and didn't get all what he wanted to get. But the thing is, on balance, unfortunately, for him, this was extremely successful in the documents that he was able to get.
BOB SCHIEFFER: The chairman of the committee you sit on, Mike Rogers, said on this broadcast, Face the Nation, that he believed that the Russians had helped Snowden at several points along the way. What's your take on that?
REP. PETER KING: I don't know if there's anything to disprove that. I think that it's still, you know, the subject of investigation. Mike Rogers has very good sources. Again, though, that is still the subject of investigation. And certainly something that cannot in any way be ruled out.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Why do you think (if I can shift to another subject and that is immigration) a week ago, the Speaker John Boehner said he thought there was a real chance for immigration reform, then Friday he kind of stunned everybody in Washington by saying, "Nope, not going to happen this year. We just don't trust President Obama"? What happened?
REP. PETER KING: You know, there was a Republican retreat last week. This
would have been tough in any case to get a majority of Republicans to support
this. In Republican districts, it's not a very popular issue. I
think nationwide, it's something the Republican Party should do. But when
you take it district by district, it's hard to get a majority of Republicans to
sign onto it.
John Boehner wanted to make every effort to do it. I think Paul Ryan did. Certainly the national leadership would like it done. But then the president's state of the union didn't help matters. And so we started getting a real pushback from the Republican base against, you know, members in these districts, where there is no real strong support for immigration reform or certainly not what would be called legalization or a pathway to citizenship. And so I think John Boehner just thought with everything else going on this year at Sochi with all the emphasis on Obamacare, it was not worth having an internal fight going into the election. But right now, things seem to be going the Republican way.
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right, well, Mr. King, we want to thank you very much for joining us this morning. Thanks so much.
REP. PETER KING: Bob, thank you. Thank you.