Snowden’s travel arrangements

The Australian’s editorial “Flight to authoritarian regimes” (25/6) is rightly critical of the fact that in Russia “the definition of treason … has been expanded to include ‘international advocacy on human rights'”. But if Edward Snowden’s passage through such countries is ironic, so is the ruthless manhunt being conducted by the “vibrant civil society” of the US. If it is not “noble” for a whistleblower to flee, it is less so for a democratic government to necessitate flight by persecuting him.

What The Australian calls Snowden’s “unfortunate choices” in his travel arrangements are inconsequential compared with what he has revealed about the US, where it seems that the definition of treason includes telling the truth about monstrous, illegal global surveillance.


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