Infamous NSA leaker Edward Snowden is still in search of a new home, as he has decided he’d prefer not to stand trial in the US for his “crimes.” He had previously asked Russia for temporary asylum while he tried to work out the details of the next leg of his odyssey. Snowden understands that he is in a very precarious position and that our government is likely keeping an eye on him almost constantly. His best chances of making it to a nation with no extradition treaty with the USA is to wait out our government. No easy task.
However, it does seem as though Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to accept Snowden, at least temporarily. However, Snowden must first promise to “stop his work aimed at harming our American partners.” Does anyone else’s B.S. alarm go off when hearing President Putin take our side on any matter? The guy is slicker than a snake oil salesman in a leper colony. By which I mean to say, I just don’t trust the guy.
I have made it known in the past that I am an advocate of Edward Snowden’s – I understand why he did what he did, and I think the information he uncovered needed to be known by the American people. I have also made known the fact that I think that Snowden should return to the United States and face a public trial. I know it sounds naïve, but I am one of those who believe that a person should face the repercussions of their actions, even if those actions were noble.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. puts it better than I ever could:
“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
Snowden has made it harder to advocate for him by first fleeing to China, then to Russia, and now planning to head to Venezuela. These three countries all have much worse records on individual freedom and privacy than the United States. Snowden espouses beliefs in liberty and privacy that I identify with greatly, but his actions belie his stated beliefs.
Putin says that Snowden withdrew his request for temporary asylum when he learned of the Russian government’s requirements for asylum. Recently, however, Snowden’s public statements have shown a possible shift in his thinking, so Putin says, “the final outcome is unknown.”
That’s true. If Snowden chooses to live the rest of his life on the lam, then he will disappear into the annals of our history with other traitors and sellouts. The good he has done will be overshadowed by his hypocrisy in choosing to bind himself to our enemies and the enemies of liberty. He cannot get in bed with dictatorial or oligarchical regimes like China, Russia, and Venezuela while still claiming to be a campaigner for truth and liberty. If he wants to be remembered as a freedom fighter, as one who fights for an honest and transparent government, he must return and face the judicial system. Is there a chance he goes to prison for what he’s done? Yes, but if he were being as forthright and upstanding as he says he is, it would be a price worth paying.
The choice is Snowden’s to make.
I may not trust Putin, but I do agree with that last line of his, “The final outcome is unknown.”
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