“Example,” he continued. “If my community’s got this answer, why should we be prevented from providing that to corporate America? Now the current rules say you can’t do that, that’s classified and corporate America is unclassified. I think that rule has to change,” he said.

McConnell refused to comment on Snowden when approached after his speech.

“There’s a federal investigation. We’re cooperating,” he said.

Asked if he and Booz Allen feel at all responsible for Snowden leaking classified information and traveling to China and Russia, McConnell told PJ Media “what we said we put on our website.”

“Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, was an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. Snowden, who had a salary at the rate of $122,000, was terminated June 10, 2013 for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy,” said Booz Allen in a June 11 statement.

“News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.”

McConnell was the director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996 and director of National Intelligence from 2007-2009.