Thomas Drake may know better than anyone what NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden faces in the days to come. In 2010, the former Agency official was prosecuted for allegedly revealing classified information about the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program.

“Be lawyered up to the max and find a place where it’s going to be that much more difficult for the United States to make arrangements for his return,” said Drake in a recent interview with Reuters defense correspondent Andrea Shalal-Esa.

“And always check six, as we said when I used to be a flyer in the Air Force. Always make sure you know what’s behind you.”

This, after former congressman Ron Paul expressed fears the U.S. would try to kill Snowden with a drone strike. (Though this course of action seems...unlikely.)

Watch the interview above. Read more at Reuters.