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Ah, Heck No

January 2, 2014

Dear, New Your Times,

No.

Thanks,

JimF

Oh, wait, you didn’t read it yet?

Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.

While I suppose I appreciate some of the information that came to light, the rest of it has seriously damaged national security, and was played by the guy who seemed to release some stuff just because he could. I’m not interested in saying that this was all for the good of the nation so that we can wonder why we couldn’t catch the next terrorists who attack the US.

So, thanks, but no.

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