Wednesday, June 19, 2013

From "patriot" to turncoat in the blink of an eye

I don’t know if Snowden is a Chinese spy. It may be that he’s ingratiating himself with Chinese intelligence in exchange for asylum. That would make him a turncoat.


  1. Perhaps he is a turncoat, but that would only make him a turncoat against a government that has already repeatedly betrayed its nation and people.

    I do not count it treason to tell other countries details about how our government has betrayed us.

    Is it treasonous to commit treason against a traitorous government? That is precisely what this situation looks like.

    None of us are likely going to "pay a price" in national security over Snowden. The secrets he has probably have far less to do with "national security" than they do "this government's security."

    A government is not a nation, and a nation is not a government.

    Before there was a "USA," there simply was "A."

    This wretched excuse of a government is most certainly not America.

    1. But he's doing more than that. When he tips off China to US counterespionage directed at Chinese cyberterrorism, he's aiding and abetting our enemy.

    2. Well, I don’t know what price he thought he was going to pay. It’s not like he left a wife and kids behind. His girlfriend is a pole dancer. Well, those are easy to come by. I’m sure Hong Kong has its share of strip joints.

      Yes, he can’t come back, but the very fact that he burned his bridges with his native land may indicate that he doesn’t feel that attached to his native land. Many expat Americans prefer to live abroad. Radical politics breeds alienated, self-hating Americans.

      Also, by outing himself, he made himself an international celebrity with many supporters. He may figure that will be his golden parachute.

    3. Steve,

      I can't say I admire the guy personally (in fact, I don't!) and his outing the NSA program in no way excuses any sort of aid he may have provided to the enemy. I did not make that clear at all in my comment.

      The US Government has itself placed us as a country in a position far more vulnerable to China, however, with its addiction to debt through Chinese lenders. Seen through that lens, any complaints made by this government sound a bit hollow to me. This is not an excuse of justification for Snowden by any means, just a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

      Thanks for pushing back so I could clarify my thoughts.

    4. I agree with you on the official hypocrisy charge.