I get so fucking tired of hearing people shoot their mouths off about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks calling them traitors and that they compromised lives in the field. A recent blog comment is typical: “It’s all Snowdon’s fault. If he had just kept is mouth shut and not committed treason…”
No, Edward Snowden probably didn’t commit treason By Dylan Matthews – June 12, 2013
“Jefferson Davis stole a bunch of states and waged war on the other ones for four years, and even he wasn’t convicted of treason!“
“Snowden could always be charged under the Espionage Act or another, less sexy law than the treason provision of the Constitution. But if Julius Rosenberg, who almost certainly spied for the Soviets, couldn’t be tried for treason, it’s hard to see how Edward Snowden could be, or why federal prosecutors would want to introduce a charge that would be so difficult to prove.”
Abroad at Home; When Truth Is Treason By Anthony Lewis – June 09, 2001
In 1971, the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 6 to 3, rejected the Nixon administration’s claim to bar further publication of the Pentagon Papers in the NY Times. “The First Amendment and other legal doctrines, the court said, protect the right to publish even these highly classified documents — unless, as Justice Potter Stewart put it, publication would ‘surely result in direct, immediate and irreparable damage to our nation or its people.’ The government had not made that showing.”
AND, the US government has not made that case against Snowden.
US President Obama has been quoted, in part, as saying “Often the best source about waste, fraud and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism . . . should be encouraged rather than stifled.”
As of July 25, 2013, Obama Promises Disappear from Web. “Change.gov, the website created by the Obama transition team in 2008, has effectively disappeared sometime over the last month…” The administration’s ethics agenda had, as part, the former Obama the Bomber pledge to protect whistleblowers. “It may be that Obama’s description of the importance of whistleblowers went from being an artifact of his campaign to a political liability.”
(Federal government of the United States’s whistleblower awareness poster)
For investigating private intelligence practices, American journalist faces 105 years in prison Published on Thursday 11 July 2013.
Under President Obama there have been more prosecutions against whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than any previous president and other all presidents combined.
Obama’s War on Whistleblowers by John Hudson-May 24, 2011
“The Justice Department’s subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen Monday was the latest sign of how aggressive the Obama administration is being in its campaign against government whistle-blowers.”
The article includes a list of prominent leakers with various agendas currently under pressure from the government.
“Tarquin and Caesar had each his Brutus–Charles the First, his Cromwell–and George the Third–may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.“–Patrick Henry
“New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.“–George Bernard Shaw