The Edward Snowden Problem: Where is Jason Bourne When You Need Him?

Written by Mark Mayberry on June 14, 2013

In an interview this morning Snowden told a Hong Kong newspaper, “The reality is that I have acted at great personal risk to help the public of the world, regardless of whether that public is American, European, or Asian.”

You see, to Snowden it isn’t about the United States or patriotism, it is about the “world” at large. This is why he is too big of a liability to be left alone. Can we really risk Snowden gaining asylum in a country such as Russia or China? Much like Anwar al-Awlaki, Snowden obviously poses a very real and continuous threat to the security of our country. While I doubt we will see a drone strike against Mr. Snowden in Hong Kong, I think he should be given a choice, either come in and stand trial or we are coming to get you.

At the end of the day, the United States should not agree with or be forced to suffer those who would forsake the oath and commitment they made to this country in order to make a political statement.

What Edward Snowden did and is still doing is, in fact, illegal and a crime punishable by death. I know many of you will disagree with me and, as is my custom, I readily welcome other points of view. However please keep an open mind with me and realize that it may be another five or ten years before we see the extent of the damage done by Edward Snowden.

In the mean time I hope someone in the NSA is contacting Jason Bourne.

Image: 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra); author: nicolas genin from Paris, France; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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