Edward Snowden is a Traitor and that’s a fact   Leave a comment

 

I thought about blogging on this last year but I didn’t want ro give the attention whore any more of the attention he was already getting from everyone else. Those following the news might remember at the time folks were also talking about Julian Assange, the founder of Wiki Leaks whose site literally promotes leaking sensitive and classified information over the internet in the name of “being transparent”.

Everyone knows what Mr. Snowden did: He stole classified information from the NSA he was subcontracted to work for, leaked most of the info he stole over the internet and fled to Russia, which by the way DOES NOT have an Extradition Treaty with the United States. For those who don’t know, an Extradition Treaty means if someone who is a citizen of one country is wanted by their country’s government and flees to another country, their native country can request the country they fled to return them too face prosecution. If there is no treaty, the other country is under no obligation to do anything. Russia is one of a few countries with an American embassy within its boarders that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

Anyway, I want to drive home the important point as to WHY Mr. Snowden is a Traitor and not a Patriot or a Whistleblower like more and more Americans are calling him in the hopes the U.S. will allow him to freely return to the States:

  • First of all, he disclosed sensitive infornation over the internet he did not have clearance to do. There is protocol for sharing classified information with the public that should be followed without exception. The fall0ut from his actions as well as Wiki Leaks are proof of that.
  • Second, he fled the country knowing he probably wouldn’t be able to return under his own power. Even worse, he fled to a country he knew didn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S. Ergo, his intent upon leaving was using the information he stole to find sanctuary in a country that wouldn’t send him back.
  • Third, he’s been trying to bargain conditions for his return/surrender ever since he left. Thus, he knew he broke the law and will have to pay the price accordingly as well.

In short, Mr. Snowden really only has two options: Give up and accept his punishment or keep running. With the Winter Olympics and the G-20 Summit both in Russia, I wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. deligation used both events as an opportunity to make a deal for Snowden or at the very least, confirm his exact location. He’d be a fool to stay in Moscow during both events. While Russia has no obligation to turn him over to the U.S., they also have no obligation to keep him. This is Russia we’re talking about. If he was considered a source of high-value intelligence they would keep a tight leash on him and not let him talk to the media. We know that that isn’t the case.

The thing my Anti-Government Americans need to understand–and I want to thank my vets and active duty soldiers out there for pointing this out–is the information Mr. Snowden and Wiki Leaks is disclosing over the internet is being seen –and being made us of–by Terrorists. The other day news broke Russia is extending Mr. Snowden’s residential visa by another year. It has nothing to do with the security concerns plaguing Russia or any political agenda. They simply don’t have reasonable cause to revoke his visa. Remember: Russia doesn’t have an Extradition Treaty with the United States.

For those who don’t know what an extradition treaty is, simply put it means if a wanted fugitive or person of interest from one country flees to another country, if the country they fled FROM has an extradition treaty with the country they fled TO, the government looking for the person/suspect can go into the country they fled into to get him/her. This works both ways. The U.S. has an extradition treaty with Canada. Let’s say a Canadian national with a warrant crosses into New York. The Canadian Government can request the assistance of the U.S. Government in the suspect’s arrest and return to Canada. Now let’s say an American citizen with a warrant flees to Maxico. The U.S. has an extradition treaty with our neighbors to the south. The U.S. can request the assistance of the Mexican government in the suspect’s arrest and return the U.S.

As I mentioned twice now, the U.S. doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Russia. Mr. Snowden fled there knowing the Russian government wouldn’t send him back to the U.S. The reverse also holds true, which might explain why the C.I.A. did not act when the Russian government tried to warn them about Tamerlan Tsarniev.

Anyway, Mr. Snowden’s actions should not be celebrated.  Did he divulge government secrets to the world? Absolutely. Did he succeed in whatever it was he set out to do? Partially. The only “victory” he won was revealing what is already well known: The U.S. keeps tabs on its partners around the world. Really, it’s not a big deal. German Chancellor Andrea Merkel, whose private phone conversations were tapped by the NSA according to Mr. Snowden has not demanded anything of the U.S. in the aftermath of “the revelation”. Ditto for other partner countries identified in what Mr. Snowden leaked.

This is not the world stage of 100 years ago.

There’s a crystal clear difference between “Keeping them Honest” and “Need to know Basis”. All the leaks that have happened in the last three years belong in Category B, more so given they were released without context in masse by people who themselves admit to have no background knowledge of the information they disclose to the public via Wiki Leaks and other websites. All this does is reinforce the bases of the Conspiracy Theorists and Anti-Government Americans out there.

 

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