Ed Snowden outed the Obama Administration’s abuse of power against its own citizens and could have become an American hero in doing so. The American public may be punch-drunk and staggering after 50 years of toxic Liberalism, but it hasn’t surrendered fully to the state and the anti-Orwell spirit within us all is still quite strong (at least for now).
But by fleeing to various enemies and rivals of the United States, he has become something else: a traitor.
Snowden, who tuned 30 last week, revealed himself as the document leaker in June interviews in Hong Kong, but fled to Russia before China’s government could turn him over to U.S. officials. Snowden is now believed to be holed up in a transit zone in Moscow’s international airport, where Russian officials say they have no authority to catch him since he technically has not crossed immigration borders.
It’s also believed Snowden is seeking political asylum from Ecuador. But Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa signaled in an AP interview Sunday that it’s unlikely Snowden will end up there. Correa portrayed Russia as entirely the masters of Snowden’s fate, and the Kremlin said it will take public opinion and the views of human rights activists into account when considering his case. That could lay the groundwork for Snowden to seek asylum in Russia. <source>
If you take a righteous stand, and you have your entire nation behind you — nobody likes the Obama administration spying on our social intercourse — you will most likely not be prosecuted and in fact will end up being celebrated with book deals and eventually a Hollywood MOW showcasing your “life”.
Why go to China, home to a soul-crushing totalitarian regime? Why go to Russia, another autocratic society?
So much for the moral high ground.