I find it incomprehensible that so many Americans not only condone Edward Snowdon’s treason against his country but even see him as a hero.
A petition calling for a full pardon for any crimes Snowdon may have committed, relating to the whistle-blowing issue, already has way more than the 100,000 signatures required to earn a response from the White House. How can that be when it’s so glaringly obvious that Snowdon is a phony?
His assertion that he acted for the good of his fellow Americans is just plain nonsense. With all the avenues of recourse available to him—whistleblower laws, congress, institutional access—he chose the route most likely to harm his country’s security and therefore that of the American public.
And talk about blatant hypocrisy. Addressing the international media, in reference to the NSA’s surveillance program, Snowdon says, “I don’t want to live in a society that does these sorts of things. I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under,” stressing that he wants asylum in a country that shares his principles. Then comes news that he has applied for asylum in Ecuador, a country whose government everybody knows does not share any such principals?
He also says he doesn’t want the NSA leaks to be about him, but the way he’s gone about things ensures that practically everything is in fact about him.
If you compare the man’s words with his actions so far, you can see that he is prepared to stand by his “principals” only for as long as it suits him.
In my view, Snowdon is a traitor—there’s no other word.
UPDATE (Sept. 2013): It’s old news now that Snowdon was duly granted asylum in Ecuador but on his way there got stuck in a holding pattern at Moscow airport with little chance of proceeding farther. No problem, because the next thing we know is that this man of “principals” applies for, and is granted, temporary asylum in Russia for which he gives thanks, saying “… in the end the law is winning.”