I read this story when it broke, where some dude claimed responsibility for the leaking of what the NSA has been up to regarding phone calls. Okay, that the NSA did this doesn’t really surprise me and the outrage being reported doesn’t surprise me either, although I find it interestingly funny that people want the NSA to do their job and keep the nation safe but don’t like what they have to do in order to make this happen.
So, this dude fessed up and said he did this and that he understands that he has to answer for it… but now he’s hiding out in Hong Kong and, according to the story attached to the URL above, he’s looking to escape having to face the music he says he knows he must face.
Is he a traitor… or is he a patriot, taking it upon himself to expose government actions that, by their very nature, shouldn’t be exposed? When that young soldier took it upon himself to get that whole Wikileaks thing going, was he doing the right thing even though he was putting fellow soldiers at risk by exposing battle plans and tactics in a way that the enemy could use to their advantage? Is what this guy did any different?
And is he right to do this even though his exposing the NSA on this one just might have tipped off terrorists who could be plotting to do us further harm?
If the Department of Justice manages to bring this dude in to answer for this, I’d really be interested to learn why he did this and whether or not he gave any thought to the harm he could have caused. Yeah, yeah, I know: “Could have” isn’t the same as something actually happening… and who’s to say that some harm hasn’t been done and we just don’t know the extent of it?