Edward Snowden, the fugitive NSA contractor, has been granted “asylum” in Russia. Does anyone grasp the irony of this? Does he think he is free? He went from the United States and its justice system to a country which cannot even protect political dissenters or journalists. What is he going to do now? He will probably find a warm audience at the Federal Security Bureau – the old KGB – for a while, but then what? He doesn’t have the language and has to figure a way to make a living. He will wonder if he should have taken his chances with the U.S. criminal justice system rather than in a society that will not welcome him.
He’ll be back.