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The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, June 14, 2015

Snowden's treason plays into autocrats' hands

According to media reports, China and Russia have decoded secret documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The fact that Snowden fled to Russia of all countries makes his act of treason particularly abhorrent, the conservative daily The Times believes: "If the security needs of a democracy are to be second-guessed by private citizens who happen to have access to classified information in the course of their jobs, then who in turn will scrutinise them? Instead of putting his case before the courts, he fled to a state whose attitude to civil liberty can be gauged from its campaign to assassinate dissenters and independent journalists, and redraw the boundaries of Europe by aggression and military threats. ... One slender benefit of Mr Snowden's flight to tyranny is that it exposes the hollowness of the western campaign to defend him."

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