Snowden stays in Russia
Edward Snowden is now staying in Russia for the time being as it was announced this morning by the Russian government. While I do not like to see Snowden’s situation up in the air like this, I would prefer him to be outside of the United States instead of being transferred back to the U.S. where he would not face a fair trial and have no realistic shot of defending himself. It is vital that whistleblowers have the right to publish information that they believe to be necessary for an informed public debate about national security and the tools that governments should or shouldn’t use in the security arena.
It is to be noted that none of the information released so far has caused the deaths of any innocent person and it seems like Congress is at least trying to look at these programs such as PRISM and other data mining tools the government uses to try and limit their scope. I am a supporter of Barack Obama and it was disappointing to read yesterday that the administration is expressing opposition to an amendment to limit the ability of the National Security Agency to collect wide selections of electronic data on everyday and innocent citizens.