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Q: Edward Snowden ,what punishment will he get if he is taken back to America?

7 years 14 weeks ago in  Relationships - China

 
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Why should he be punished?     Read this and open your mind.

www.adbusters.org        Are you ready to turn on the light?

 

 

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Maybe you are not aware of a small fact, and it is that as a condition of employment (or as a condition to be offered employment) in most security agencies in USA and elsewhere, you must sign a statement of confidentiality. In it, clearly says that you are not to talk or write one word of what you are about to see, be exposed to, or involved in to anyone. And, it also says what punishment you will get if you breech the agreement. In fact, even after you are working at whatever agency, if you become involved in a new particular area, you may be required to sign a second agreement. Of course, you are not forced to do anything, if you do not sign, you are not allowed to become involved.
Those agreements are legal and do stand in a Court of Law. And normally penalty is a number of years in jail, and that will depend on the severity of the damages caused by your "leaks"

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As Happy said, regardless of WHY he did what he did, it is still illegal.  Moral or immoral is not an issue in the eyes of the law.

 

Now, I personally applaud his bravery.  In interviews you can see that he is a well spoken and very intelligent person.  He obviously feels very strongly about spreading the word because he has given up a lot to do it.

 

With that said, I think he should be tried and sent to prison.  If an example is not made of him, then national security is in serious trouble since any person with a gripe about government secrets/policies will think it is okay to tell our secrets to the world.

 

No matter what you think of what he brought to light, you have to look at the bigger picture.  Secrets, are a fact of world politics.  No country on Earth could survive without them.  So the people who have access to these secrets must be able to look beyond their own moral judgment, and perhaps even the common good, in order to protect the whole.

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There's a lot we don't know, but the first thing he did was fly to China (Hong Kong, but still) and then disappear. I don't trust anyone who flies into the arms of our enemies after leaking national security secrets which he agreed NOT to leak.

 

I agree with Xpat.John, but I think Snowden should be executed.

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the question i have now is, was he a plant.? first release info about the us spying on citizens and regular people to get the public on his side then talk about us spying on china. either way he is now a traitor. edit: i forgot to answer the question, he should be executed (life in prison) 

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I agree with crimo. I think he's a plant. He's basically telling the Chinese government exactly what they want to hear, and I'm not sure what proof he is offering that what he is saying is true. Oh wait. It's China, so you don't need proof.

 

The question is, which side planted him?

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depends if hes found guilty of treason the death penalty if hes found guilty of espinage 50 years to life

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China of all places? why did he fly to China? There is a catch to this thing. let us all wait as it unfolds.

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Hong Kong want to extradite him, as they have with other American fugitives in the past. However, Beijing is making it very clear they intend to use a technicality to overrule Hong Kong, and not allow the extradition.

 

This almost entirely shreds the agreement China made when UK agreed to return HK to China - One Country, Two Systems. China are now showing that the agreement has no meaning as far as they are concerned, and that they will dictate to HK.

 

Perhaps that is what the whole thing was supposed to be about from the very beginning. It is clear Snowden doesn't know that much.

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Honestly, I think he will be disappeared before he could be able to be back in the US

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I'm thinking a rather botchy manicure...

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That's very big ' if ', you got there in the title.no

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I don't care. 

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As Ron Paul said, I think Obama should send him a thank you note. He is helping Obama keep his campaign promise of transparency. 

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Does anybody really know where he is?   I could be Edward Snowden, or Spartacus.  Or was it him I saw in the crowd at Wimbledon?  If the European community has got any sense they will offer him sanctuary.

 

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I'm guessing the reason nobody wants him is because he doesn't really know anything. It seems clear the information he is giving is of no real use to anybody, otherwise they would be offering him asylum.

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He get an ass-whoopin' huh

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0kIvDlE4y4

 

possible pardon for Snowden from a pragmatic New Yorker that never worked as a politician, a lawyer or any military background, this was predictable if anybody was actually paying attention and not suffering from "trump derangement syndrome", next time let's elect Joe the Plumber and really piss off the establishment.

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 Are you a law buff ... like me?

I-Told-You-So ... is approaching. he he  

 

Ruling of US High Court makes "Up-Yours" 'whistleblower' ... contrary to all yours 'He is a traitor ..', he he.

He is coming back home... and if pardoned by POTUS ... no trial will occur after his return to USA.

NSA violated the Highest Law of the Land, i.e. US Constitution ... by collecting data of US citizens without consent ..., which was mentioned to you here soon after his HK landing in 2013 ... he he ... am so smart ... 

 

https://news.yahoo.com/u-court-mass-surveillance-program-221948135.html

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

Reuters - September 3, 2020

 

Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans' telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

In a ruling handed down on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans' telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may well have been unconstitutional.

Snowden, who fled to Russia in the aftermath of the 2013 disclosures and still faces U.S. espionage charges, said on Twitter that the ruling was a vindication of his decision to go public with evidence of the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping operation.

 

"I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA's activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them," Snowden said in a message posted to Twitter.

Evidence that the NSA was secretly building a vast database of U.S. telephone records - the who, the how, the when, and the where of millions of mobile calls - was the first and arguably the most explosive of the Snowden revelations published by the Guardian newspaper in 2013.

Up until that moment, top intelligence officials publicly insisted the NSA never knowingly collected information on Americans at all. After the program's exposure, U.S. officials fell back on the argument that the spying had played a crucial role in fighting domestic extremism, citing in particular the case of four San Diego residents who were accused of providing aid to religious fanatics in Somalia.

 

"Today's ruling is a victory for our privacy rights," the ACLU said in a statement, saying it "makes plain that the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records violated the Constitution." 

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