Amnesty for Snowden?

Friday, January 03, 2014

Calls to give Edward Snowden whistleblower protections are growing, including from editorials in The New York Times and The Guardian. Amy Davidson, author of The New Yorker's "Close Read" blog, talks about the options for Snowden.


Amy Davidson

Comments [14]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

@Katie from Huntington

"Daniel Elsberg was a whistleblower, but he did not publish anything that could hurt the country..."

Ellsberg provided stolen information that that the US government lied and was continuing to lie about our involvement in Vietnam. The NYT and WaPo published it. These revelations did hurt the nation. Ellsberg's prosecution was thrown out because the Justice Dept. zeal in pursuing him (an 'at any cost' mentality, at its worst) was judged to be prosecutorial misconduct. If the case had gone to a jury, Ellsberg is likely to have been convicted and done time.

Jan. 03 2014 12:53 PM
The Truth from Becky

NO amnesty...traitors prison.

Jan. 03 2014 11:57 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Leniency? Okay. Clemency? Maybe. Amnesty? Definitely not. He broke his service contract and placed his own value system in place of our own. The methods made undeniably evident by his stolen data have damaged our information gathering ability and could imaginably be used by an evildoer to our regret. The fact that the NSA was given carte blanche to invade our privacy and would construct electronic surveillance methods that would collect data on our every electronic interaction was predictable at the time of 9/11. Many, many folks warned us about it at the time. Why should Snowden get amnesty for what we were warned about 12 years ago?

More important than Snowden's treatment is de-constructing this monster before an executive politician uses it to curtail the rights of Americans. (i.e. another Nixon)

Jan. 03 2014 11:55 AM
Katie from Huntington

Daniel Elsberg was a whistleblower, but he did not publish anything that could hurt the country; Snowden had the material, and could have threatened to publish what he stole if the problem was not addresed.

Jan. 03 2014 11:52 AM

He did the job because Congress and the President did not protect us from the arrogant data collectors. Snowden will not whistleblower status because the corporate powers (the same who control our elected officials) do not want to allow him back.
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Jan. 03 2014 11:45 AM

He's a criminal.

Jan. 03 2014 11:45 AM
jpsabini from America

The Treason Clause applies only to disloyal acts committed during times of war. Acts of dis-loyalty during peacetime are not considered treasonous under the Constitution. Snowden is a libertarian like many of his cohort. The Courts will prove that NSA has overreached its mandate and on that basis; he blew the whistle. I think that knew that if he spoke to his supervisors he'd be buried and not able to work at BBN any longer.
I am not a fan of Snowden's methods but he opened the conversation. Snowden accepting amnesty will assure that he is co-opted and his disclosures of a corrupted gov't agency buried forever. Mind you I think, that all of the NSA work going on can be fixed to conform to the law and the Constitution.

Jan. 03 2014 11:42 AM

Did he sell info to China and or Russia?

Jan. 03 2014 11:42 AM
Lenore from Manhattan

He's a hero, pure and simple. He took the government's secrets to the people.

However, I don't think he can return safely to the US, under any circumstances, sad to say. Maybe he can go to where Mandy Patinkin (Saul) was at the end of Homeland.

Jan. 03 2014 11:41 AM
Judith Targove from Highland Park, NJ

I think Mr. Snowden should get a deal. Without him, we would not have learned what's been going on in our government. If James Clapper, Pres,.Obama's NSA person, can lie to the Senate intelligence committee with impunity, we need someone like Mr. Snowden to reveal that he has lied. We're drowning in classified documents and our president is ill served by people who lie. There's no reason to believe that Mr. Clapper hasn't lied to the president.

Jan. 03 2014 11:36 AM

To the 'proper channels' people... Consider that Director lied to Congress and still has his jobs. 'Proper channels' no longer exist.

Jan. 03 2014 11:28 AM
Jay F.

He's a traitor plain and simple. If he was really whistle blowing, he should have gone through proper channels. Instead he took our governments secrets to foreign states. Sheer treason.

Jan. 03 2014 11:17 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Yes, he exposed that "your government" spied on you unconstitutionally and lied to your face about it.. Give him a plea.

Jan. 03 2014 11:13 AM

No and he's no hero.

Jan. 03 2014 10:59 AM

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