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  •  Daniel Ellsberg (0+ / 0-)

    Has anyone considered that Daniel Ellsberg in releasing the Pentagon Papers did not escape to Hong Kong but stayed home to face the music? He believed in what he did and defended it in a court of law.

    What kind of future does Edward Snowden have?

    •  Apparently you have not seen Ellsberg's opinion (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, I did and it doesn't make sense.

        •  I think it makes perfect sense (0+ / 0-)

          Ellsberg was able to continue to speak publicly even after charges were levied against him, as he was free on bail. If Snowden returned to the US, he would instantly be thrown into isolation with no means of communicating with the outside world. His only means of arguing his point then would be in a trial that would mostly be held behind closed doors, some two years from now, by which point he will have been thoroughly vilified by the government and then forgotten by the public. That would be a very ineffective way to get his point across. It is better for his cause if he is free abroad, where he can continue to advocate his point.

          Plus, he has already given up his career, a very comfortable lifestyle, and all of his friends and family, along with any hope of ever being able to return to the US. This is already quite a sacrifice. I fail to see how voluntarily choosing to spend most of the rest of his life in jail would somehow further ennoble him or make him more credible.

          "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

          by Drobin on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 12:52:57 PM PDT

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