Being a security person, and believing that extraodinary measures are required to keep us safe from the increasing terrorist threat – I maintain that Edward Snowden is a total coward, now that he has launched his travel odyssey from the US to China to Russia, and presumably, Cuba, Venezuela and Equador.
His judgement on many things is in question, especially in taking advice from another coward, Julian Assange, who’s been living in a small Embassy in the UK for a year.
Perhaps Snowden could make a case that he thought US taxpayers had a right to more details about their tax dollars at work – the NSA’s surveillance programs, but he certainly DOES NOT have the right to disclose any classified program information to other nations, like China and Russia – just to name 2.
He DOES NOT have the right to stir up suspicions between nations, sort of a misguided high-level meddler, basically selling out US secrets to a hostile world, and who do you think is paying for all the international travel? Is he handling out secrets for free, or is he selling out our country for financial gain?
His cowardice is illustrated by his total fall into the “What’s Good for Me” logic, which totally ignores issues of national security, destruction of trust between nations, and these actions compromise every statement he’s made so far.
He made himself into a 7-day media star. He got his 15-plus minutes of fame, and now, he obviously has done a little more thinking about his choices, so he’s totally intent on protecting himself from any penalities, any recriminations, any dialogue with the US over the far-reaching implications of his bad choices.
For these reasons, and quite a few more, and mostly because I believe that he threatens our hope for a more peaceful world, I hope that other nations will grab him, return him to the US – to face the music he chose.
More distrust, more self-absorbed leakers, more lack of respect for the laws that govern civilized countries, is just not something we need right now.