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July 6, 2013

Seeking asylum is less than heroic

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Snowden, on the other hand, instead of staying home to defend himself against prosecution, sought asylum in every country he hoped might grant it. In contrast to Ellsberg’s noble words, Snowden issued a whiny statement Monday about U.S. efforts to thwart him.

“The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon,” he said. “Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum. …”

If Mr. Snowden truly wants to exercise his basic rights, he should do it proudly in a court of law in the country he professes to care so much about.

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