Snowden told us that the US government is spying on us. The result? He was instantly fired from his job. He is now being investigated for espionage, and some are throwing around the term, “treason.” Hasan kills 13 soldiers and Fort Hood and wounded 32 others. The result? There was an instant call not to rush to judgement. He is still collecting his salary ($278,000 so far). It was also called workplace violence instead of Islamic Terrorism.
It really lets you know where your government’s priorities lie, does it not? They are much more concerned about you finding out that they have been logging every phone call you’ve made than they are about a Muslim terrorist who killed US soldiers.
Now, that brings us to how Snowden is different than Manning. I’m not completely sold that Snowden is not a traitor, actually. On the surface, I wanted to say that he is not a traitor. What he did different than Bradley is that he released a single bit of information to deal with something that the government was doing in secret against their own citizens. Manning did a massive download of documents, not to fight one particular program but (presumably) because he though America was a force of evil in this world that needed to be stopped. The documents he downloaded immediately put Americans at risk and aided our enemies. As such, Manning is guilty of treason. I had excused Snowden, but now Snowden is living in China and has announced that we have been doing cyber warfare on China for years (well duh, who thought we weren’t?). This strikes me that China has paid him off, and he released both of these facts to cause our leaders political problems and to weaken our moral high ground with China. If so, he is still guilty of treason, but I’ll thank him for the heads up even as he is hanged.
Long Live the Constitution!