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July 15, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Edward Snowden, from Russia with irony

Where does the supreme secret leaker want to find asylum? Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency systems analyst, is drawn to Russia.

Yup, that storied bastion of personal freedom.

Edward Snowden in Moscow (Tany Lokshina/Human Rights Watch)

Edward Snowden in Moscow
(Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch)

Snowden had been hiding out at the Moscow airport in the neutral turf of the international transit zone. He emerged to ask for asylum until he can get to Latin America.

He asked those attending the meeting not to take photos and video. You know, respect his privacy, and all that. Isn’t that precious? He betrays national secrets by the gigabyte, and he seeks a measure of discretion from others.

Snowden, the self-anointed arbiter of what should be public information, needs to reconsider his status. If he truly believes in his quest, then let him return home and stand trial.

Let Snowden cloak himself with the mantle of civil disobedience and argue in court he was only doing what was necessary to inform society about the violation of its liberty, and protect the public from those who seek to usurp freedom.

One can only imagine how Snowden’s self-importance resonates in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

But please do not betray Snowden’s privacy and reveal his current appearance to those who might be in hot pursuit.

 

 

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