By Mehul Bhagat, JCamp reporter
History knows a fair share of heroes. Reformers stand up to governments, practice civil disobedience, and are, many times, prosecuted for their crimes.
Edward Snowden, 29, the “whistleblower” who leaked National Security Agency secrets, might have wanted to be one of them.
But if Snowden ever practiced civil disobedience, he certainly isn’t doing so now.
Snowden began an escapade around the world – what Los Angeles Times editors called an “international game of Where’s Waldo.”
It still isn’t over.
Snowden is believed to be in Moscow, perhaps en route to Ecuador or Venezuela.
Both destinations won’t help Snowden’s cause as Ecuador and Venezuela have histories of authoritarianism and government intervention.
Or, is Snowden planning on exposing those governments’ secrets as well?
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), said she believed Snowden should be prosecuted.
“I want to get him caught and brought back for trial, and I think we need to know exactly what he has,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was less adamant.
“I hope he’ll come back,” Corker said on the show.
Maybe Snowden will come back on his own – after he’s done sightseeing.
Snowden will continue to run if his present history serves as a guide. The government needs to bring him in.
At the very least Snowden needs to face the public.