July 1st, 2013
01:21 PM ET

George W. Bush speaks out on Mandela, Snowden and his legacy

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are in Zambia, to reopen and renovate a cancer clinic. They are continuing their work on a center to fight against women's cancers.

At the clinic, in an interview with CNN, Bush breaks his silence about the government surveillance programs he initiated as president and discussed Nelson Mandela and his recent climb in the polls.

He said Snowden, the computer contractor who leaked details about secret U.S. surveillance programs "damaged the security of the nation."

George W. Bush on Mandela, Snowden and his legacy

He said he believes the Obama administration "will deal" with the fallout from the controversy unleashed by Snowden, who is now thought to be holed up in the transit area of a Moscow airport after fleeing there from Hong Kong.

Bush held back any criticism of President Obama, saying "It's a hard job. He's got plenty on his agenda." Curnow was also able to speak to the former president about Mandela, who is on life support in a South African hospital.

"His legacy will last for a long time," Bush said.

See more of Robyn Curnow's exclusive interview with former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 6 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Health • Nelson Mandela • News • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
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