Beset on all sides by great powers, sophisticated operators, and clashing agendas, Snowden, like his perhaps new Wikileaks patron Julian Assange before him, seems like a character in a cyberpunk novel.
It is dangerous to have a technology-empowered government capable of amassing private data; it is even more dangerous to privatize this Big Brother world.
The editors of the New York Times appear to have forgotten an important principle: The First Amendment is for all of us, and does not grant any special privileges to the institutional press.
Last week, Matt Taibbi wrote a blog post for Rolling Stone in which he gave a scathing critique of the media coverage surrounding the court martial of...
Private Bradley Manning stole hundreds of thousands of State Department cables discovered accidentally. They did not fall within the purview of his routine duties, and he could never claim to have a functional knowledge of all of their contents, the way Snowden did.
U.S. officials charge that Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks have "blood on their hands." We're talking about the very officials who oversaw Washington's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and who have searched their own hands in vain for any signs of blood.
The prosecution of Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks' source inside the U.S. Army, will be pulling out all the stops when it calls to the stand a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that assassinated Osama bin Laden.
The National Security Agency's data mining and domestic spying program that the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has exposed should concern anyone who cares about our Fourth Amendment privacy rights.
In my judgment, based on what I know from the media thus far, Snowden is neither a hero nor a traitor, but he is most certainly a criminal who deserves serious punishment.
The methods I used as a civilian keep me on the right side of the law. The corruption I fought was in the private sector. I walk free, albeit monitored by the military, police, and various other entities. Bradley doesn't share that blessing of freedom with me.
I hate to thumb my nose at millennia-long traditions of martyrdom, but being abused does not make one a hero, just as sharing classified material with the press does necessarily mean that one intended to harm national security.
One is the constitutional trial of the century so far, which started Monday but may forever reshape how we police freedom of speech. The other is a bloodthirsty reminder of our failure to police our post-millennial resource wars.
In the end it is not Bradley Manning who is on trial. His trial ended long ago. The defendant now, and for the next 12 weeks, is the United States. A runaway military, whose misdeeds have been laid bare, and a secretive government at war with the public. They sit in the docks. We are called to serve as jurists. We must not turn away.
Whistle blowing is essential to keeping the most powerful corporations and institutions in check and in line with the law. It should be praised and protected, not punished.