To the Editor:
Nat Hentoff, the supposed authority on the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment, claims that Edward Snowden should be honored and pardoned for revealing the illegal activities of the NSA.
Snowden could have made his revelations in a way that would not have put his country and his fellow countrymen at risk, but he chose not to. Clearly his intent was not to help but to harm his country.
Hentoff claims that public opinion has shifted in favor of Snowden.
This could be true since no one wants to believe that someone would betray their country in such a cavalier way just to satisfy their own ego. This mellowing of opinion about Snowden reminds me of a poem I once read.
“Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”
Joseph J. Alfe