This is a little long but worth watching. Snowdon’s argument is air tight and his demeanor puts the lie to the notion that he is somehow unhinged. His is the fate of any whistle-blower before there are laws to protect them. The current political climate makes it unlikely that the charges will be dropped and, unfortunately, I suspect it will take several presidential administrations before there is any chance of a pardon. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Obama will grant Snowden a pardon in the last few moments of his administration.
About Ray Watkins
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com