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37. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 3, 2013, 01:33 jdreyer
Beamer wrote on Nov 2, 2013, 22:43:
Snowden pretty clearly shows the issue with any kind of whistleblower protection system. Its so subjective. How can you blow the whistle on something top secret and not be labeled treasonous? And how different would it be if it was a corporation and not the government?

his best hope is that a Republican is elected president and pardons him. A Dem won't, not for at least a decade, makes the party look bad. I don't see a Republican doing it, either, but better chance of it.

Yeah, current whistleblower protections in the US are a joke. There is almost always an attempted prosecution of anyone who tries it.

Even if Snowden is pardoned, he can never return. His face is too well known. If he returned, some misguided gun-toting "patriot" will take it upon himself to shoot the man.

Living in Russia is actually pretty dicey. Both the security forces and the Russian mafia routinely murder people there. If the CIA or NSA decides to off him, there's little standing between him and a bullet.
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