Edward Snowden -- from hero whistleblower to stateless pariah

Edward Snowden’s plight is becoming a harsh lesson for his admirers and a source of satisfaction for those who see him as a traitor.

Bounced out of a Hong Kong hotel to the bowels of a Moscow airport, the 30-year-old thief of security secrets must be realizing that the best years of his life are behind him. His dreamy quest for whistleblower glory has hit the police-state wall of reality.


Milked as a naive novelty by our adversaries for the damage he did to America, he now has a choice of four unappealing and repressive nations. He can get asylum in Russia if he shuts up, or in Bolivia, Venezuela or Nicaragua — if he can get there. He doesn’t have a passport, and there are no direct flights from Moscow to those countries.

The U.S. bid to bring him back has made Snowden a stateless pariah. It’s not perfect justice, but it will suffice until the day he lands in an American prison for espionage.

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