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July 25, 2013 at 6:45 AM
The World in Briefs – Anthony Weiner and Edward Snowden
Two men who cannot resist exposing things they should not are back in the news. Edward Snowden might get to leave the Moscow airport if he promises not to divulge any more classified material. Meanwhile Anthony Weiner, a candidate for New York City mayor, was back before the cameras to reveal he had been back before the cameras.
Snowden, the outlaw National Security Agency contractor, has to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin he will not share any more U.S. secrets. Snowden should be shoved aboard a plane and returned to the U.S. to stand trial. It was not in Snowden’s job description to suffer moral lapses or embrace epiphanies about the state secrets he was paid and trusted to protect.
If indeed this is a moral issue for him, then Snowden should defend his acts of conscience in court.
Weiner is a narcissistic joke. His repeated behavior disgraces his relationship with his spouse, and the office he seeks. He left Congress in shame, or so it would seem, and then he repeats the same self-indulgent behavior en route to running for election to another post.
The pattern expresses complete contempt for the public and the loved ones around him.
Weiner and Snowden are fundamentally selfish individuals, and their arrogant actions are all about them. The rest of us are spectators filling a role.