Hillary thinks he’s a traitor. She recently said:
When he emerged and when he absconded with all that material, I was puzzled because we have all these protections for whistle-blowers. If he were concerned and wanted to be part of the American debate, he could have been…It’s sort of odd that he would flee…I don’t understand why he couldn’t have been part of the debate here at home. He could have quit, he could have taken whistleblower protection…
[GWU admissions officer] Freitag skimmed the extracurriculars, read the first essay, rated it good. GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.” This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations.
So whose view is right? Hillary’s, or the schoolkids’?
I must say this much: I don’t believe Hillary for one second when she talks about “whistleblower protections”, like she always honors them. I think that Snowden may have been right to fear for his life (not only his freedom), if should stay in the U.S. and try to play that game. And after seeing the U.S. government grow hideously out-of-control in the last 6-8 years, I would rather know about the NSA spying, than not.
So, on present information, I think it’s possible for Snowden to be both traitor (on foreign payroll?) and hero.
UPDATE: Meant to blog on these items sooner. They speak to the losses of liberty and privacy that we have suffered, in the last few years.
- Yes, the Obama administration does *warrantless* wiretaps and Internet monitoring on Americans, in America.
- The NSA reportedly knew about the ‘Heartbleed bug’ for 2 years and used it to steal people’s passwords and data, rather than helping to fix it – thus leaving everyone exposed to criminal hackers, as well as the NSA. The government denies the report – should that be taken as a confirmation of it?
- Obama signs a law that bans spies from entering the U.S. Hmm, did he just ban himself?