Cutting your losses

Edward Snowden is still on the run. Unknown if he will make it to Ecuador. In any case, I think it is in the best interests of the United States to let him get away. It’s just too late; at this point he is practically a living martyr, like Julian Assange. The damage is done and there is no real benefit to imprisoning him. Bradley Manning is in prison and will likely stay there, so there is already a deterrent for future would-be leakers, although ironically, Snowden was reportedly inspired by Manning, so…

I understand, of course, that the U.S. feels the need to put up a certain front when pursuing Snowden. But there are bigger problems to worry about, such as Syria, and global news cycles filled with a 30-year-old whiz kid running circles around U.S. extradition are counterproductive. I don’t think he’s a pawn of Russia or China yet, but as long as the U.S. continues to yammer for his swift return, the longer he stays in the news.

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