posted on Jan, 26 2014 @ 06:10 PM
reply to post by Taupin Desciple
Here is where you are wrong, the laws are very clear cut, and this is the issue. The information that Snowden took and released was classified.
Releasing classified information, be it that you know it or not, is against the law. Do you realize that if you are not authorized to look at or read
classified information is a felony offense? And in all of the contracts that Snowden had to sign, as a contractor who was working for the federal
government and as part of getting a security clearance, it is clearly stated in the paperwork that revealing said information is a felony and a person
can be sent to prison, along with paying a large fine.
No matter how noble the intent, he still broke the laws of the USA and there will be a list of charges that will be levied against him, the first
being on the Espionage Act, and then there will be theft and releasing of information. Now these are just charges, the federal government will still
have to prove each and every charge in a court of law.
The legal precedent for this was set in 1971. And it did go all of the way to the US Supreme Court. And in the opinions of the court, the press was
safe, however, the person(s) who released the information were the ones who would have to bear the brunt of the law and pay the price for such. And
further validated in the 1980 case, where the person had access to classified information, worked for a government agency and then published such
without prior approval and was thus subject to the laws of the US for such actions, to include fines and penalties as well.
These are just charges that are being levied against Snowden, and until such is given in an official court of law, where it would be very public. So
be it as we may or may not like it, he is guilty of breaking the laws and ultimately breaching confidentiality. It would be the same as working for a
company and having access to information, then taking said information and giving it out without profit. The laws on proprietary information are very
clear cut, and when it deals with the federal government it then goes into another category and into where there is jail time.