Heroes don't hide

NSA leaker's flight tarnishes his image and obscures his intended message

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Heroes don’t go into hiding. And they sure don’t cavort with their country’s chief antagonists.

When the domestic spying scandal first broke, we wrote of leaker Edward Snowden that “we seriously doubt he’s a traitor.”

Our doubts are a little less serious today, as he’s reportedly been in the arms of the Chinese and Russians and rumored to be headed for such places as Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.

These are not exactly the actions of a patriot who believes he’s Ivory soap pure.

He and his supporters may believe he’s at risk of wrongful treatment – or perhaps just rightful treatment – by his own government. So? Doesn’t a hero stand his ground and embrace his actions and whatever accountability may come? History’s true swashbucklers have done so even in the face of unjust treatment. It often goes with the territory of doing the right thing.

If that’s what he’s done in this case.

By fleeing into the clutches of our rivals, if not our enemies, Snowden has tainted his image and his legacy perhaps irreparably. Now we are left to question his motives, and to wonder what he may be sharing with America’s adversaries. He has undoubtedly helped the case against him.

He also has unwittingly stepped on his own message – which he no doubt hoped would be the massive spying on Americans by the National Security Agency he worked for. Instead, by running for cover in the most suspicious of company, he has altered the story to be about him, rather than the ills he aimed to highlight.

The young man may not have felt safe seeking good counsel when he chose to spirit the nation’s secrets away. But he sure needed it.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/13 - 07:11 am
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Chain of Command, IG, Congress

If you are asked to do something illegal, you go up your chain of command until you find someone who will listen. You also refuse to perform the illegal act. You can also at anytime go to the IG or Congress to let them know your concerns. Snowden is a publicity seeker who has cost American lives by the info he has made public to our enemies. He also committed the acts without stepping up to the plate. Let him spend his life broke in an Ecuadorian jungle village sleeping on a platform he has to make out of palm fronds to keep the snakes and bugs off him...and no high speed internet.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 06/29/13 - 07:35 am
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Heroes don't hide?

Moses hid from Pharaoh; David hid from King Saul; Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt in order to hide from Herod; the Minute Men went into hiding after skirmishes with the British; heroic pilots fly stealth bombers and fighters in order to hide from enemy radar and missiles; spies conceal their identity and hide behind enemy lines in order furnish life-saving info to their home countries.

We shouldn't judge Mr. Snowden based on rumors. He was in Hong Kong and has been in a Russian airport, but we don't know if he has been cavorting with enemy officials. We also don't know that any American lives have been lost because of his release of information about the NSA. The administration and members of Congress have said both that the information released is nothing to be concerned about and that our national security has been compromised. Which of these contradictory statements are we supposed to believe?

deestafford
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deestafford 06/29/13 - 07:48 am
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I would be willing to be, and all indications support this idea,

Snowden joined the NSA in order to steal the secrets and share them with our enemies. Anyone who thinks he has not done damage and is a hero has their head in the sand and has the philosophy of openly sharing all our secrets.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/29/13 - 09:03 am
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Who do you want to believe? Pick a liar? All liars.
Unpublished

What is the result of the action? We all lost more of our freedom.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:02 am
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Quote from editorial

"When the domestic spying scandal first broke, we wrote of leaker Edward Snowden that “we seriously doubt he’s a traitor.”"

So, The AC saw his actions as a point for The Tea Party ?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:05 am
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Quote from editorial

"Heroes don’t go into hiding."

He went into hiding because he knew what he had done would be viewed as boarder-line treson.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:11 am
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Quote from editorial

"History’s true swashbucklers have done so even in the face of unjust treatment. It often goes with the territory of doing the right thing."

So, at first The AC and The Tea Party saw Snowden's actions as akin to Robin Hood and / or Patrick Henry ?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:16 am
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Quote from editorial

"The young man may not have felt safe seeking good counsel when he chose to spirit the nation’s secrets away. But he sure needed it."

DUH, the guy knew that he had better "GET-OUT-OF-Dodge" !!

dahreese
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dahreese 06/29/13 - 11:54 am
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In my "opinion" this
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In my "opinion" this editorial is just another example of the media falling into line and trying to take the heat off of the NSA and the National Intelligence Committee.

Had the "Committee" been doing the job it claims it was doing this unwarranted spying on Americans would never have happened in the first place.

There have been enough "whistle-blowers" within the past ten years that any American, and any media, cannot doubt the illegal activities of our own government - within and without our country.

The question is, will Americans, and the media, demand accountability and prosecution of those in government (and its hires) for these illegal activities, or will Americans and the media continue to "go along" as usual?

As to the comment above regarding going up the chain of command or talking to an IG, good ole boy systems will get you every time.

In fact, there are some cases where the government prosecution has been unwilling to allow even the judges to see the evidence against the accused nor been willing to allow the accused to testify in his own behalf due to "national security."

The fact is, if and when Snowden returns to this country, he will not be allowed to testify due to "national security."

Let's have some editorials calling for government accountability and open hearings on these illegal activities.
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(Even after open hearings on the Iran-Contra affair, and the lying of the "witnesses", any/all convictions were "overturned" and no one served any time).

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/29/13 - 12:24 pm
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If you think Russia is an adversary, then you're not doing your

jobs as journalists. That nation is far more democratic and inclusive than Afghanistan ever will be, among other reasons why your neocon dead-enders must never have influence over American foreign policy again. Are you excusing the NSA program now? Are you on the same page with Zaxby and DiFi, defending the fascist duopoly that rules the federal government?

Darby
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Darby 06/29/13 - 08:33 pm
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"Let him spend his life broke in an

Ecuadorian jungle village sleeping on a platform he has to make out of palm fronds to keep the snakes and bugs off him...and no high speed Internet."

Don't know about Ecuador, but S. Korea has the highest Internet speeds in the world. He just might be in better shape technology-wise than you think.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/29/13 - 09:10 pm
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Fundamental

Jesus did not hide !

Darby
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Darby 06/30/13 - 12:15 am
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"fascist duopoly"

Don't you just love those meaningless "shortcut" phrases and buzzwords? They save so much time and effort, eliminating the very act of thinking.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/30/13 - 01:07 am
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This is a tough one for

This is a tough one for sure.

As pointed out before, sometimes following the “proper channels” will get you nowhere. Heck I wouldn't be surprised if some following proper channels befell a totally unforeseen and tragic accident.

The picture painted by media is of a man cavorting with countries that don't have our best interest at heart. Or I should say, the picture painted FOR media, which they so readily accept. (it seems the days of true investigative journalism is long past)

I think I'll wait before passing judgment. If it's found the man shared sensitive information that puts American lives or interest in danger, I'll be first in line clamoring for a traitor charge.

One thing is for certain, he opened the eyes of many people. Weather the many demand a change from their overseers remains to be seen.

dahreese
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dahreese 07/01/13 - 02:56 pm
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"Jesus did not hide !" He
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"Jesus did not hide !"

He just "Passed through the midst of them...."

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