As I wrote about last week, the NSA has been spying into the lives of every day Americans. When news broke of this,a media firestorm began that would leave Americans wondering if they still has a right to privacy. Where did the media get this information from though? Another country? An enemy of the state? Not exactly.They got the information from an American whose name is Edward Snowden, and he is quite the character.
Mr. Snowden apparently gave all of the information that he obtained to Glenn Greenwald at “The Guardian”, and Mr. Greenwald shared the information with America. The rest of the media eventually picked up the story, and they turned it into the gigantic story it has become.This caused those in the news media to discover that it was Edward Snowden who leaked the information, and he is now one hot commodity when it comes to the world of journalist. That is due to the fact that Snowden seemed to vanish into thin air after the story broke, but this all changed when he revealed that he is in Hong Kong.
While saying that he is “not running” from anything, it is obvious that Edward Snowden thinks he is going to face some form of prosecution for letting the entire world know about the secrets the National Security Agency held. He is seeing what happened, and is happening, to Bradley Manning, and he is doing whatever he can to not become another Manning. The truth is though, Snowden is worse than Bradley Manning. At least Manning is “manning” up and facing the justice system whereas Mr. Snowden is taken the route of a coward by fleeing to Hong Kong.
While he may have shared information that was beneficial to Americans at first, it is obvious that he will tell more and more information that could be harmful to the United States as time goes on and he gets offered more and more money. This started today when he revealed that he had information that the United States was hacking into China’s computers. While this may not seem like a big deal, the fact of the matter is that something is going to come out at one point or another that is going to risk the security of the United States of America. Snowden needs to realize that his actions have consequences before he tells any more information. After all, Americans know all they want to know by now, and he may not be in that much trouble for telling what little he has told thus far.
In the meantime, I would just like to make the point that, whether you agree with me or not, Edward Snowden is not a hero. Like Bradley Manning, he betrayed his country, and he risked the safety and lives of his fellow Americans. He is not to be worshiped as some sort of figure of Americana, but he should rather be looked at like the traitor that he is. After all, he turned his back on his country, and he is now praising the “freedoms” and “liberties” of another. He is as unpatriotic as they come, and he will never be a true and loyal American.
May God Bless America,
The Generation X Conservative