Edward Snowden is a Media Whore: The Musical

That’s right, I said it.  I’ll stand by it.  I’ll defend it, and I don’t need some British newspaper to report it for me.   This is still an issue apparently, in so far as much as it still receives attention, and is most certainly going to become a grand political point.  People look at him as a hero, the savior of privacy (as if, and this is the United States, nothing we do is private).  I look at him for the media whore that he is…

These things he released could have been brought to light with a doc dump on any numerous chat-servs.  If his goal was as he stated that is…

But you say, “right, so then he could be put in prison for the rest of his life like the soldier that did similar, in solitary confinement no less.”

…and I’ll state that how he chose to do it was no less capable of such reaction.  If you’re not comfortable becoming a martyr, don’t take a path of martyrdom.   So it isn’t ironic that someone stating that people should be held accountable for their actions, shouldn’t be held accountable for his actions?

Let’s say he didn’t release the “information we all needed.”  What if he hacked classified information that would have caused physical harm.  Would you be so protective?  Would he be any less responsible for his own actions?

That’s called a double standard.  The only reason people love him is because of what he revealed.  It’s called standing up for what you believe in.  If you ask me, continually running for the rest of your life is no different than jail.  If we allow him reprieve for his actions, it allows others the same freedom, for what may potentially be not so heroic acts.  I don’t think we need leagues of classified information freed for the airwaves.  While some amount of it may be beneficial to know, some might not be.

The truth is, he committed two actions, one of which is laudable, the other illegal.  Should we accept the illegal, because of the laudable, and open ourselves to moral hazard?

But then you might say, ” The system should take every case as it comes to them just like any court is supposed to do.  Do you think it ok that the soldier that told his superiors that his fellow soldiers where killing innocent people should be naked in solitary?”

…and I’ll reply, “But that’s not this.  Law takes things case by case with precedent, and there’s a thin line between information that can be considered helpful and information that can be considered hurtful.”

For instance, on whose word would you believe that all the information released, was all that he took?  No one knows that for certain.  Again, he’s only a hero because that’s the angle that he wanted to take.  This could easily just be a smokescreen for actual damaging information sold to the highest bidder. (I don’t actually believe that, but it’s salient to the point)

It was media manipulation on his part, regardless of what he released, because he wanted to be seen as a hero.  In my book real heroes don’t need the limelight, which returns me back to my original point.  Falsifying information, in order to gain access to classified information, then manipulating the media to release that information, to benefit your world standing amongst your peers, is not that.  What’s happening, is exactly what he sought.  It’s hero worship without context, and without symmetrical information.  No one but he knows exactly what he released, and to whom.  We only know what was published.  That makes him no less culpable than the people he was rallying against.  It’s still information manipulation.

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