Letter to the Editor
Whether you believe that NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a hero or traitor he should be given full immunity and brought back to the USA. Rightly or wrongly Snowden believes that he is protecting America’s interests and freedoms by what he’s doing. His intent is clearly to be the good guy.
If we bring him back we prevent him from defecting to or being captured by China or Russia and giving them the details of what he knows. It is also clear that Snowden knows a lot more about what is really happening in the spy program than what the NSA is telling Congress. If Snowden is given immunity and returned he can testify before closed sessions of Congress and tell them what is really going on. Supposedly Congress is supposed to be overseeing the spy program, but the NSA has already admitted they are lying to Congress. The director of national intelligence James Clapper has already admitted lying to Congress saying that he gave them the “least untruthful” answers.
If Snowden is given immunity then Congress can get the real story about what is going on and maybe have some real oversight over the NSA spying program. Wouldn’t it be better to have him tell our Congress what’s going on that to tell it to the Russians or the Chinese?