Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Traitorous Travel Tour

Hong Kong. Moscow. Havana? Caracas? Edward Snowden is booked for the garden spots of what he may consider the free world, but more conventional Americans must be asking where the self-appointed scold got his ideas of democratic and open societies.

Perhaps from his mentor, publicist and lawyer Glenn Greewald, who could also be serving as his travel agent? Greenwald, who wears many hats in the Snowden Show, now takes umbrage at David Gregory’s logical “Meet the Press” question:

"To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?"

Greenwald huffs back that he finds it "pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies," insisting there is no evidence for the claim he had "aided" Snowden.

Gregory and Greenwald obviously define journalism differently, but it’s painful to see Snowden’s can of worms continuing to hold national attention when the debate about national security vs. individual privacy should be shifting away from his antics to the hard facts of the issue.

Is the government showing good judgment in trying to extradite and put Snowden on trial or wouldn’t it make more sense to allow him safe passage with his new friends and get the national discussion onto less slimy ground?

Legal conviction won’t change the minds of those who consider him a hero but simply upgrade his status to martyr.

2 comments:

GRCOH said...

I personally don't think that revealing lies by political leaders justifies charges of espionage, but I maybe I would if I had served in WWII. You know the old saying: An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

For some reason, I see this in reverse. To raise someone to hero status, we kind of want them to suffer some form of martyrdom first, not the other way around. Snow Job appears to have worn these hats: Opportunist, liar, hack, con artist, and now ... mole. I find it hard to have any sympathy for him.