July 11, 2013
How Washington Got Edward Snowden Wrong

He went to China to reveal closely held America secrets, had his passport revoked and a warrant issued for his arrest, fled to Russia with the aid of an accused sex offender, and has been offered asylum by Venezuela, a country whose anti-Americanism is legendary.
"He’s a traitor," House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s Good Morning America in mid-June. He articulated the views of many in official Washington when he added: “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.” Said Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein, also in mid-June: “I don’t look at this as being a whistleblower. I think it’s an act of treason.”
And yet, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, “American voters” — having had a bit of time to reflect on the question — “say 55-34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

How Washington Got Edward Snowden Wrong

He went to China to reveal closely held America secrets, had his passport revoked and a warrant issued for his arrest, fled to Russia with the aid of an accused sex offender, and has been offered asylum by Venezuela, a country whose anti-Americanism is legendary.

"He’s a traitor," House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s Good Morning America in mid-June. He articulated the views of many in official Washington when he added: “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.” Said Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein, also in mid-June: “I don’t look at this as being a whistleblower. I think it’s an act of treason.”

And yet, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, “American voters” — having had a bit of time to reflect on the question — “say 55-34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor.”

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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