posted on Sep, 26 2016 @ 01:53 PM
a reply to: American-philosopher
Personally, I think Snowden saw a chance to make a name for himself. Not a great deal more than that. I know many on ATS will think differently, but
then I'm not into the celebrity cult thing. I think the constant whisper of more important stuff to come is just playing to the house and if he had
it, it's either being used by his housekeepers, was discarded as not as important as he hoped, or never really existed. I don't think he fits in the
whistle blower mould, he's more a wannabee Bourne.
I'm not sure what he has reported that is truly what one could be considered whistle blowing and what is more around 'look how clever I am, getting a
job as a contractor and stealing lots of information that I can then blow out there with little or no regards for the consequences'.
Manning, I think she may have felt she was whistle blowing, but I'm truly not aware of if this was more due to her own set of morals and mental state
at the time allowing her to decide what was the moral high ground. Regardless, I think a trial was the fair thing to do.
Would/should a pardon be granted - for either of them? Depends, neither could return to anything like the job they had and in stark truth, neither of
them showed serious technical prowess in what they did. If you want to be first in line to have your copy of their book signed by them, or participate
in an ask me anything on ATS, then I know you want them pardoned, but for what exactly is something that would be hard for you to truly define.