National security

Letter | Robinson off the mark in picking Snowden as person of year

December 28, 2013 

This letter refers to the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson's Dec. 26 Opinion piece titled “Snowden's my pick for person of the year.”

I find Mr. Robinson's admiration for Edward Snowden to be a sad combination of bias and lack of knowledge of the real factors surrounding former contractor Snowden's revelations and flight to safety in Russia.

Snowden, as do all people who are granted access to information at the level he so casually reveals, took an oath to protect that information and signed documentation acknowledging that release of such information is subject to heavy fines and substantial prison sentence.

These conditions are not merely local law or agency regulations; they are covered by Title 18, U.S. Code, and by Executive Order 12333. The former has been in effect since 1948, and the latter has been signed by every U.S. president since 1981.

Clearly, Snowden has violated his oath and knowingly broken the law, and should be considered a criminal, not someone to be admired.

Politics is not an issue here; U.S. federal law and national security are the issues. And Mr. Snowden's actions are certainly not admirable.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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