reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
Yes he is, and here is how this is justified.
When you work in the federal government or with a contractor that does business with the federal government, there is the chance that a person is
handling classified information. In the handling of that classified information, along with the background checks, and the various ins and out, there
are documents signed by all who handle classified information that inform them of the laws and rules for handling classified information.
As with any job, if you break a rule there are consequences. And in this case, if you breach confidentiality, and reveal classified information, to
the general public, it is against the laws of the USA. Thus while Snowden did what he did due to conscious, he did break the law, he did take and
reveal classified information and ultimately broke the law.
The laws that protect classified information, and the prosecution of people who reveal such is as follows: Espionage Act of 1917, The Atomic Energy
Act of 1954, and the Intelligence Identities Protections Act of 1982.
Now here is the sticking point that the federal government can not get around, and that is this will have to be a public trial, it can not conduct
this behind closed doors, nor can it hide the proceedings from the US Public. It will ultimately be up to a Judge and Jury to determine at what level
of classification and the penalties due to the nature of the information released.
But what they are going to charge him with ultimately is on three charges, based off of what I have heard on the news: Theft of Government property,
and 2 charges under the espionage statues.
Now here is the twist, and the kink in the entire taking him to court, China, has a vested interest in Snowden and he is not going to go anywhere
anytime soon, till they have determined what to do with him.