The United States government has revoked Edward Snowden's passport after he left Hong Kong reportedly seeking asylum elsewhere, perhaps in the nation of Ecuador, with some help from another courageous whistle blower, Julian Assange, founder of the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Uncle Sam’s thugs are in hot pursuit. They’re determined to get this guy no matter what it takes. He’s been branded a traitor, charged with high crimes under the U.S. Espionage Act, and now he’s a fugitive on the run, a man without a country.
First stop, Moscow, then on to Cuba, Caracas, Venezuela, and finally Ecuador, where Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said his government received an asylum request.
"He goes to the very countries that have, at best, very tense relationships with the United States," whined Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. "This is not going to play out well for the national security interests of the United States."
Some U.S. lawmakers are scoffing. They want to put big pressure on any foreign country that accepts Snowden. "The freedom trail is not exactly China-Russia-Cuba-Venezuela, so I hope we'll chase him to the ends of the earth, bring him to justice and let the Russians know there'll be consequences if they harbor this guy," bellowed Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “They should hold this villain.”
"The United States has been in touch via diplomatic and law enforcement channels with countries in the Western Hemisphere through which Snowden might transit or that could serve as final destinations," admits the U.S. State Department. "The U.S. is advising these governments that Snowden is wanted on felony charges, and as such should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the United States."
Hong Kong officials had already rebuffed attempts by the U.S. to extradite Snowden explaining that the U.S. request did not fully comply with their laws. The DOJ claims it did comply with all the requirements.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is "aiding and abetting Snowden's escape," cried Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways, and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States ... That's not how allies should treat one another, and I think it will have serious consequences for the United States-Russia relationship."
Hong Kong officials allowing Snowden to leave, after being asked to hold him for extradition, was “very disappointing,” he added.
I think perhaps that the powers that be in all these nations assisting Snowden know something about the situation here that the United States government power brokers have refused to admit. They know that Edward Snowden is not quite the traitorous villain he is made out to be.
So, who are the real traitors here?
Will the real traitor’s please stand up?
When Edward Snowden went to work for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), he took two oaths; one was to keep the U.S. government’s secrets; and the other was to preserve, protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. If he violated his oath of secrecy it was only because he felt compelled to honor his primary oath to uphold the Constitution.
So Edward Snowden is not the traitor to the people of the United States that our government says he is. He’s a true patriot.
If the secrets he swore an oath to keep involved violations of the Constitution, violations of the sacred trust of the people of the United States, conduct for which the government has no authority to commit, then he was no longer bound to honor that oath as it thereby became a nullity.
The real traitor’s here are all the agents of the U.S. government who have been systematically violating the United States Constitution in the name of national security and getting away with it for decades because they believe that they have the right to cloak their traitorous activities in secrecy.
The traitors are politicians like Sens. Lindsey Graham, Charles Schumer and others, who willfully encourage the government to shred the Constitution they themselves have sworn to preserve, protect and uphold, and then scream for the blood of the true patriot, Edward Snowden, because he had the courage to honor his constitutional oath.
Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper has gotten away scot free with committing perjury before Congress when he was asked whether this government spying Snowden has revealed was going on and he said “no.”
Why isn’t that traitor along with all the rest of them being pursued to the ends of the Earth instead of the true patriot, Edward Snowden?
Stand up all you criminal agents and operatives of the United States government – the whole world knows now that you are the true traitor’s here.