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Whistleblower or Snitch?

edward-snowdenThe Snowden Affair.  Hard to assess.  About half of all Americans believe he’s a whistleblower, shining the light on some national security areas about which we needed to know.  The other half believe him to be a sneaky snitch, releasing high-security info which he had no right to reveal. 

Needless to say, when you accept a job with security clearance, you basically promise not to talk about certain items to which you will be privy.  And, it may be argued, a true whistleblower could always report a situation to opposing agencies or politicians within the same country, instead of blabbing it to the whole world.

So it’s a tricky call.  I’m all for freedom of speech, and I don’t even think that what Edward Snowden revealed chinas-state-newspaper-praises-edward-snowden-for-tearing-off-washingtons-sanctimonious-maskwas any great revelation on the global front.  Intelligence agencies exist.  Countries spy on other countries.  No big news there. 

However, that private citizens are being spied upon (for no good reason) is unfortunate.  Yet, having been raised in a Russian-American family, I don’t find that incredibly far-fetched, just odd for the U.S. whose broad-sweeping powers are become a bit too broad for my tastes.

Whether whistleblower or pariah, I’ll leave that to you.  I can understand both sides of the argument.

Hong Kong Protesters Call on Government to Protect SnowdenIt’s Snowden himself who mystifies me.  His level of naivete is astounding as possibly he’s coming to find with the whole asylum issue.

Basically, nobody wants him.  He states, “It was the right thing to do and I have no regrets.”  Then he instructs the public to call him “Ed”, instead of “Edward”, then he lectures possible countries of asylum about his terms of acceptance.

I hate to inform him, but his bargaining cards are pretty much gone.

Even Russia has told him to be quiet, while stating that they have not yet received any official asylum request edward-snowdenfrom him.

That’s bad when even the Russians don’t feel your top-secret information is fascinating enough to say, “Welcome home, comrade”.

Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Snowden has already secretly slipped away from Sheremetyevo Airport.  But maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part, and on his.

Do you consider him a snitch?

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4 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar hoonew says:

    Snowden is my hero. The surveillance state will suppress free speech, and undermines the 4th amendment. What is happening now is horrifying.

  2. avatar Karen says:

    Traitor – he betrayed state secrets.
    Whistleblower – he told the American public what we need to know. He should have stopped there.

    It’s a toss-up in Snowden’s case. Glad to see that he might be living in a land of absolute freedom, transparency, and justice such as Russia.

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