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originally posted by: Vaedur
Just a wild thought I had. How sympathetic to the American people to Edward Snowden? I have always felt that if you play the "I don't trust the media at all game" in your mind, then really, how can you trust that Edward Snowden is who the media says he is. Heck people on this site believe some tragedies never even occurred.. anywho.. Even if he's the Edward Snowden we all know any maybe love (or not) what kind of event could cause a planned or unplanned uprising in the American people in the current news? Edward Snowden, Like Neo giving himself up to the machines so he can be re-inserted into the Matrix to do epic battle, returns to America, and faces charges. What if they uphold the law and throw the book at him, charging him with treason, could this be the event that makes people finally flip their lids? I'm guessing not, video games, T.v., fast food, and iphones will prevent that. THank God.
originally posted by: Vaedur
Even if he's the Edward Snowden we all know any maybe love (or not) what kind of event could cause a planned or unplanned uprising in the American people in the current news?
If he goes back home, he will never see sunlight again.
originally posted by: sdcigarpig
The op, asked if Snowden returns home to face charges if it would cause an American Spring.
And if he came home would they charge him with Treason.
The answer is no, it will not cause an American spring, nor will the federal government charge him with Treason. The first problem with that is that the Federal Government does not want all of what Snowden released. If it is a Treason trail, then all of it would be open to public record and inspection. If it is as embarrassing as some would suspect, then they can not simply put him on a public trail or have such come to light. So they will go for a lesser charge, and send him to prison, fine him and ultimately let the dust settle and ultimately this all blow over.
The problem that many have with the entire Treason charge, is that it is no longer something of shock and aw, but has been over used in the past. If a politician does something unpopular, and military person does something that violates a trust, someone tends to use it, even though the evidence does not support such. And if you go by the law, in order for there to be a treason charge, then the country would have to be in an armed conflict against another, an actually declared war, and the information would have to be enough to cause damage beyond repair.
If John A. Walker was not convicted of treason, then Snowden will not be charged with such. Espionage, yes, but treason no.