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June 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Edward Snowden and the NSA

It’s a matter of perspective

This June 9, 2013 photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. [AP Photo/The Guardian, File]

This June 9, 2013 photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. [AP Photo/The Guardian, File]

Edward Snowden is no hero. [“An inside look at Edward Snowden’s life on the run,” page one, June 25.]

The United States gave him a good life, and he repaid it by betraying his country. But before we yell too much at the countries sheltering him, imagine if a Chinese intelligence analyst disclosed all the particulars of a vast Chinese surveillance and hacking network, and then, on the run, came knocking at our door. Would we not let him or her in?

The only difference is that Snowden disclosed our secrets, not somebody else’s.

Charlie Blackman, Seattle

Uncovering secrets that may be important

Currently our leaders seem intent on prosecuting and jailing Julian Assange and Edward Snowden for their roles in uncovering secrets they don’t want us to know.

The last time there was such a furor was when Daniel Ellsberg ratted out the Pentagon Papers. That ultimately led to the end of the disastrous Vietnam War.

Perhaps we should examine what these guys have to say before we prosecute them for telling us what our leaders don’t want us to know. As I recall, treason is potentially a life-threatening charge. Maybe we should know more about these secrets before we consider a death penalty.

Donald Sherrard, Bellevue

Snowden is a traitor

Let’s get one thing straight. Edward Snowden is not a patriot. He’s not even a whistle-blower. He’s a traitor. Pure and simple.

His motives, while possibly obscure, are certainly not altruistic. He stole secrets and purposely gave them (or sold them) to our enemies. Make no mistake, China and Russia are not our friends.

The response from President Obama and his administration would be laughable if it weren’t so sad. How can they act like such bullies with the American people and yet be such cowards when dealing with foreign governments?

Yes, in the tradition of Bradley Manning, Benedict Arnold, and Julius and Ethyl Rosenberg, Snowden fits right in. Whatever we think about this administration, let there be no mistake. Snowden is a traitor.

Denny Andrews, Bellevue

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