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    So the question follows: should Foreign Policy be prosecuted for espionage?

    Very much of what Snowden released is actually in the public domain in some form or another, if not official form he released.

    I'm not going to draw any conclusions about the legality of his acts because I'm in no position to, but I think you should consider the cases of some previous NSA whistle blowers particularly the case of Thomas Drake, who went through official channels and was then prosecuted by the Justice Department for espionage - with the outcome that all serious charges were dismissed when it was proven the NSA itself had previously published the very documents he relined on and provided to investigative journalists (after his internal appeals were internally suppressed by NSA).

    If you pursue my past 2 diaries here and here you will find many articles of interest linked that provide a more complete picture, and some interesting debates about Snowden, including why we should or shouldn't care about him verses the facts he exposed.

    The present media circus distracts from what is really important and is a typical "shoot the messenger" rear-guard attack.

    You and others should understand the Obama Administration has taken a very hostile position toward whistle blowers prosecuting more under the espionage act than any prior administration. I suppose he has his reasons, but are they ultimately good if the effect is to discourage questioning through channels and create more Snowdens? Perhaps another question with asking.

    If you read my diaries I also try to frame the picture objectively: all major countries spy on each other and their people.

    But the scale and methods being used by the US and UK now raise troubling questions for other countries because they have no rights US citizens claim in this case.

    If the USA is supposed to be the exemplar of good practice, it just failed the test in a big way.

    Welcome the discussion.

    400ppm : what about my daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 01:20:36 AM PDT

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