Security agents from C. I.A do not buy this kind of argument, they insist he went to the mentioned countries to leak sensitive information and in return seek amnesty. However, their arguments do not hold water because, Hong Kong, is a state in China that has no freedom of speech. On the other hand, even if that was true, why then did he run to Russia rather than stay in China? This would imply the possibility of threats from the government to obtain valuable information from him, and him being forced to run yet again because he could not risk that.
Then the question arising would be, why Russia? The general feeling of those opposed to his heroism is that he ran to Russia because he knew that they are opposed to U. S. Another argument that has been presented for his heroism is the fact that he had the people of America at heart and their need to protect their rights and by so doing, he presented Americans a reminder on a matter of importance to them, security. Other people argue that by reporting the NSA he was putting himself at risk, and he knew this could hurt him but did it anyway, quoting him saying that he is willing to go to the extent of sacrifice due to his conscience.
He adds that his conscience would not allow him to watch the government demean their privacy and the internet freedoms of people while doing nothing about it. However, Snowmen’s story is not really believable, so much that even the journalists who were conducting the interview did not believe him. Having told them of his intentions, the reporter asks him, displaying unbelief, what would possibly make him leave his home and comfortable life behind, stating the amount of money he makes.
If his interest had indeed been the rights of the American people, why would he feel a need to also disclose information about Russia, China and Germany as he did? Also, how could a man that could not be trusted to think about his family before running away be trusted to care about the nation? Lastly, the information he released, rather than help the country frustrated relations such as with the Russians and the Brazillian government. Not all people were thrilled at his releasing the news and this goes to further prove him as a traitor.
Ralph Cossa was presented telling a CNN affiliate that Snowden has a ‘mother Teresa gene’ that could be described as excessively active that caused him to think he was saving America whereas he was only doing a foolish act. He points out that even though the Americans expect their privacy to be honored, they also expect to be protected from terrorist attacks.
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