Thomas M. Moriarty East Lyme
Chris Powell is ready to give a pass, "Snowden did no harm; and Perry is welcome to visit Connecticut," (June 14), if not full praise, to Edward Snowden for leaking classified material regarding national security to the press.
As managing editor of a newspaper, Mr. Powell apparently hasn't seen a leak he doesn't like.
I cannot agree.
Through his actions Snowden has tipped potential terrorists to government methods of thwarting their murderous acts. Further, he has absconded to China, creating a distraction that gives that country convenient cover for their hacking our military secrets.
Perhaps we do need a national discussion on the balance between individual privacy and government surveillance, and Congress certainly needs to be more diligent in performing oversight of legal spy programs. But to my mind Edward Snowden does not have the right to appoint himself the conscience of America.
I agree with those on both sides of the political spectrum in calling him a traitor.