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Published: Thursday, June 13 2013 12:40 p.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Based on what’s been reported so far, I’d say it’s premature to make a case for treason against Snowden. Why did he do it? Was he working with others? Was he a disgruntled employee? Or maybe just motivated by a misguided sense of duty?

There’s a lot we don’t know but none of what we do know makes him look good. Snowden violated his terms of employment by leaking national security information. His fast exit from the country looks like flight to put distance between him and the long arm of the law. That’s hardly a courageous stand on moral principle which is exactly how Snowden now seems to be trying to spin his actions.

Aggie238
Logan, UT

@ Craig Clark

Doing what is right does not always mean doing what is legal, and doing what is legal does not always mean it's right. I think Snowden is a hero, and I think you're hardly in a position to accuse him of a lack of courage from the safety and comfort of your computer desk. By your definition, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Nathan Hale, and John Hancock were all cowardly traitors, or at least victims of a "misguided sense of duty." This man gave up everything, including his family, a life of ease, and a large portion of his freedom to let us know that our government is engaged in egregious violations of our inherent rights. This is hardly the definition of a coward. The real question is, are we going swallow the misdirection and double talk that the government is spewing, lose ourselves for a few weeks in meaningless quibbles over Snowden's character, return to our normal lives, and let things go on autopilot until we have nothing left of our freedom? Or, are we going to wake up, face the facts, and do something about it? The answer will determine our fate.

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