By Michael D. Shoesmith
Now, traitor and coward Edward Snowden is asking for clemency from Washington, the New York Times reports:
BERLIN — Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American security contractor granted asylum by Russia, has appealed to Washington to stop treating him like a traitor for revealing that the United States has been eavesdropping on its allies, a German politician who met with Mr. Snowden said on Friday.The appeal came in a letter from Mr. Snowden carried to Berlin by Hans-Christian Ströbele, a veteran member of the Green Party in the German Parliament, who said that he and two journalists for German media met with Mr. Snowden and a person described as his assistant — probably his British aide, Sarah Harrison — at an undisclosed location in or near Moscow on Thursday for almost three hours.In his letter, Mr. Snowden, 30, also appealed for clemency. He said his disclosures about American intelligence activity at home and abroad, which he called "systematic violations of law by my government that created a moral duty to act," had had positive effects.Yet "my government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense," Mr. Snowden wrote. "However, speaking the truth is not a crime. I am confident that with the support of the international community, the government of the United Sates will abandon this harmful behavior."
Actually, Ed, one cannot always say whatever one wants at any time one gets the urge (i.e. yelling 'FIRE' in a crowded public building). Also, while you want everyone to see you as a hero you would have had better success with that narrative had you not sucker-punched your own country and run to hide behind her enemies. Think about 'deep throat', the man who outed Nixon. He blew the whistle while remaining in his own country and not running away to hide among those who have previously sought the destruction of your own homeland.
Are we against what you did? Not entirely. However, institutions (like PPSIMMONS) would have gladly facilitated the venue to both get the info to the public and shield your identity. That is how this should have been handled. As it currently stands, you look like a coward.
2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 TRAITORS, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.