Strongest Karate left a comment on my previous post that made me pause and reflect.
He gave away state secrets, sure. But isn’t EVERY illegal thing ANY government does a “state secret”? And wouldn’t the only way of rectifying it be for it first to become public knowledge?
USN has an article that captures part of SK’s point.
The reality is that it’s reasonable to feel both ways. You can look at Snowden and be appalled at his blithe breaking of not only the law, but of the national security oath he took.
You can, nonetheless, expect your own government to show better judgment and more respect for civil liberties. And you can demand that your elected officials explain and re-think the extraordinary power they gave to intelligence-gathering authorities…
I guess that’s where I’m at. I don’t like the fact that he broke the law and also broke the national security oath that he took. Technically that makes him a traitor. Yet the more that is revealed about what certain agencies have been doing the more concerned I become about our civil liberties.
So does this make him a hero too?