Saturday, August 24, 2013
Snowden right to seek asylum
There is absolutely no logic to the notion that a whistleblower should surrender himself to the mercies of the unrepentant and angry government that he has exposed. Mr. Snowden is entirely justified in accepting asylum in whatever place circumstances permit. Suppose a German citizen, upset upon learning of the Holocaust, had attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler and then fled to France or Russia for protection. Should he have then been condemned for not submitting to the justice of the democratically elected Third Reich or for instead seeking the protection of foreign regimes? While one may properly object that the NSA abuses are not comparable to the Holocaust the logic of the situation would be nevertheless precisely parallel.