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  •  Ellsberg didn't run (9+ / 0-)

    That's why he is still a hero.

    You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

    by yellowdog on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 07:36:47 AM PDT

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    •  MLK's letter from a Birmingham Jail (6+ / 0-)

      galvanized a movement.

      Idi Amin fled to hide seek asylum in Saudi Arabia.  Mandela stayed in the country he believed in to fight for what he knew was right and spent 28 years in prison much of which was hard labor.

      One of those men is now considered a hero and a living legend in the fight for human dignity.  

      Hint:  It ain't the one that ran.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 07:52:26 AM PDT

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      •  History will ultimately decide (8+ / 0-)

        whether A Letter from a Birmingham Jail will be held in as high esteem as  A Letter from a Moscow Airport Terminal (That May or May Not Have Been Ghostwritten by a WikiLeaks Staffer.)

        But my guess is, self-servicing sentences like this, will not age well.

        After promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
        In truth, the President asked Biden to make one call to Ecuador.

        Edward, if your world tour should have taught you anything, it is that none of these countries on your itinerary are really that into you.

        They are into marketplaces for their goods and strategic partnerships. Putin says he has had no discussions with the President or anyone else regarding your asylum. And even if he did, Putin said he wouldn't extradite you.

        All the other countries who are rejecting you, are doing it for their own reasons.

        It's this kind of outsized, Howard Bealesque sense of your importance and deeply-held belief that you are truly the smartest man in the room, that has led you to a room with a view of airplanes you cannot board.

        This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile.
        Seriously, Edward how do you write this stuff with a straight face? Where do you summon the unmitigated gall to clutch your pearls about "deception?"

        Are you effing kidding me? You're the guy who chose to make his way up the ranks of the security apparatus of the United States of America, then decided after President Obama had barely been in office, concluded he was a grave disappointment and drunk with reckless abandon and he had to be stopped by Edward Snowden's own secret mission: take a job at Booz-Allen for the sole purpose of leaking documents.

        I am never going to be impressed by Edward Snowden's unwillingness to accept the full consequences of the plan that he put in motion.

        He seems to want to be a martyr, but wants the cross to be made from a lighter weight material and for the nails to be replaced with velcro.

        It does not work that way.

        You don't feel it's a crime. So you get to flee a warrant and call it exile?

        How about this: Live out the entirety of your principles Edward, including taking the full brunt of the consequences of your choices.

        "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

        by FiredUpInCA on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 08:38:38 AM PDT

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