That Snowden Interview
Just when I was considering not renewing, came the November 17 issue with Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen’s “Snowden in Exile” interview. It was the best I have read. Snowden is amazing: it is a travesty what the US government, media and public have done and continue to do to him. Thank you for the in-depth reporting that was concise in spite of the length; I read every word.
key colony beach, fla.
My lifelong admiration for The Nation—its advocacy, its fine work and Ms. vanden Heuvel—ended with your description of Snowden as a “courageous whistleblower.” Farewell. Thank you for all the good you have done, but I shall have nothing to do with you again.
borrego springs, ca.
We should not forget that Edward Snowden had predecessors. In addition to Daniel Ellsberg, there was, most notably, Philip Agee, a dissident CIA officer. Agee’s major work, Inside the Company (1975), disclosed in great detail the CIA’s destructive activities throughout Latin America. Agee stayed away from the United States for fear of prosecution, and his passport was revoked in 1979, though he traveled throughout the world on documents issued by friendly governments. He eventually returned from time to time to lecture and teach, after his lawyers were assured by the Justice Department that he would not be prosecuted.
It turned out that this decision was made because of Justice’s criminal investigation of the CIA for a plot it hatched to do serious harm to Agee. Though the CIA plotters were not prosecuted, their illegal activities against Agee would have had to be disclosed if he had been prosecuted for any federal offense. So Agee escaped prosecution, ironically, only because of that illegal CIA action against him. Snowden’s lawyers ought to poke around to see what the government might be illegally plotting against him.
Agee’s lawyer for thirty years
new york city
Well done, Katrina and Stephen! And to citizen hero Snowden, thanks! We await the demand to grow for his return from exile with full immunity from prosecution as the full import of his historic action continues to become known to all.