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Let's be very careful about who we call "traitor". Edward Snowden is one of us.

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It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution.

As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation.

But today, Edward Snowden's ordeal is just beginning.

Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last decade, with fatal consequences for democracy.

Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale.

Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated.

A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing program -- involving the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the internet services giants -- to spy on everyone in the world.

As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the Obama administration.

The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off.

It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice.

Edward Snowden is the eighth leaker to be charged with espionage under this president.

Bradley Manning's show trial enters its fourth week on Monday.

After a litany of wrongs done to him, the US government is trying to convict him of "aiding the enemy."

The word "traitor" has been thrown around a lot in recent days.

But who is really the traitor here?

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The definition of transparency is that one can see... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 12:18:28 AM
On his way to Russia. Final stop? Maybe Iceland. A... by Timothy Gatto on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 6:29:58 AM
On his way to Russia. Final stop? Maybe Iceland. A... by Timothy Gatto on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 6:30:25 AM
Stop invading other countries and sending young Am... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 6:58:09 AM
that will stand up for these brave men, none that ... by Archie on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:50:13 PM
Rob Kall, my respects for standing up and posting ... by Paul Craig Roberts on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 3:38:33 PM
And it will be interesting to see how long it take... by Jim Miles on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 8:01:12 PM
The U.S. Government is the Big Traitor, not the Bi... by Guglielmo Tell on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 6:43:41 PM
Bravo, Julian. What you ignited is gathering momen... by K V Ramani on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 10:18:35 PM
The simple truth, eloquently stated.Snowden is not... by Serapis on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:19:33 PM
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to di... by Perry Logan on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 5:53:28 AM
...please tell Edward not to return to the States.... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 8:55:57 PM