This sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.
I think those people have already proven their masochistic side by signing up for Verizon.
I'll play devil's advocate on this part and say that I have lived in places where there were dead spots that were only penetrated by Verizon. T-mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all failed where Verizon did not. You pay for that additional coverage, but it is available.
If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?
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That would assure him martyrdom if indeed his actions were all about doing what is right for the nation.
I see his reluctance to do this as another sign that his "altruistic" actions were indeed more self-serving than you are willing to consider. There were other ways that he could have shed light on this problem that would not have put him in a position where he could be fearing criminal conviction - or at least conviction on this magnitude.
It would also stop him leaking yet more stuff for the benefit of all (except the corrupt crazies).
If he has more material to leak, coming back to the country would not prevent it from being leaked. He could share it with someone in another country and give them instructions on when to release it if things don't go according to plan.
What Snowden did was altruistic and for the good of the people.
You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. Being as he has been unwilling to defend his actions in a court of law or give an official statement on it, we cannot say for sure what his motivations were. We have just as much support for the notion that he did it for the notoriety as anything. If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?
After all, there were other avenues he could have chosen to expose the program. I don't for a moment disagree that the program was wrong, but he could have brought it to the attention of the public in other ways.
Snowdon seems the logical "other pardon".
I disagree, based on the fact that Snowden is still at this moment a fugitive. He has never faced trial. Manning faced trial, plead guilty, and served time. While it is not without precedent to pardon someone who has not been tried (ie, Nixon), it is not easy to make an argument for it.
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