There’s a difference between knowing the truth, telling the truth, and knowing when to tell the truth. Apparently for Snowden, there was a fine line between all those differences. His intention to inform those of what he felt they needed to know verses his pledge of secrecy to the U.S. government for what he wished he didn’t know has taken a drastic turn for the worse on his behalf and the behalf of the whole world; all because he told the truth. While Snowden had something very important to say, the government had something very important to hide.
The United States is going to hold Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, accountable for espionage whether he likes it or not. Running halfway around the world, being detained at Moscow’s Sheremedevo International Airport because his passport has been cancelled, and desperately pleading to 27 countries to be granted political asylum does not change the fact that he is guilty of leaking classified documentation about U.S. surveillance programs; a huge no-no as far as the U.S. officials are concerned.
So what’s the hold up on getting this guy granted his asylum? The problem with every country that Snowden has applied for asylum to has to consider whether or not taking in a fugitive will jeopardize the economic relationship each one has with the United States. Venezuela made $56 billion last year off of exports and imports between the United States and is the country’s fourth largest supplier of imported crude oil. Bolivia made close to $2.4 billion last year in exports and imports with the United States. Not only did Nicaragua earned more than $3.8 billion last year in exports and imports between the United States, but the United States also gives Nicaragua special trade preferences.
Would Snowden be considered a hero or a traitor? No matter where the guy seeks his safe haven, there’s going to be a “cause and effect” with the way that nation does business with the United States, which will eventually have another domino effect on our economy that we’ll have to deal with. On the other hand, what he did actually opened the eyes of a lot of Americans still wondering why hasn’t anyone done anything about the sex-trafficking issue if all means of telecommunications are supposedly being “watched”. However, in the words of Edward Snowden himself: “I am neither a traitor nor a hero. I’m an American.”
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