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June 1st, 2014
12:06 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Edward Snowden

Following Edward Snowden's first American television interview, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg gives his take on how Snowden has been characterized by liberal and conservative media.


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    Post interview little has been said about Snowden's comments re: returning to face the music and his reasons for his reluctance to do so. They are overlooked by the media and the frothing at the mouth politicians too. To think he would have even the slimmest chance at a fair trial is to be delusional at best and totally ignorant as to how the FISA courts work at best. Even exculpatory evidence can be suppressed by the courts under the guise of " state secrets" or the need to keep gov't secrets paramount at the expense of a just and fair trial. The FISA courts have failed this nation in that the very basic rights of an individual to present evidence exonerating themselves of the most serious of charges can be disallowed and prohibited under the broadcloth of protecting our national security. So for those who think he would have even a minimal shot at a just and fair trial, I would suggest that they do some research of the FISA courts and see for themselves how the constitution is mangled by the court.
    I would agree that some punishment is due but the likelihood of snowden not seeing the light of day for decades to come is high.Additionally the claim made by some that he endangered or had caused the loss of life is spurious at best and is for the most part the knee jerk reaction by politicians who are completely ignorant as to the facts surrounding his disclosures. This nation finds itself embarrassed by what has been divulged but little else .History will exonerate Snowden and he will be seen as one of the few who took the moral high ground to protect the constitution, NOT hide within it.

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