Brazil is right to say no thanks to Edward Snowden’s offer to help that country investigate National Security Agency spying against its citizens in exchange for asylum.
Unnamed government officials told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that Snowden can stay where he is. But Snowden’s appeal to the United States’ South American neighbor raises a lot of questions.
One is whether he has worn out his welcome with his best buds in Russia. Another is what could Snowden possibly offer any country that he already hasn’t leaked?
Snowden, now 30, gained worldwide attention in the spring when he revealed the massive amount of telephone and Internet snooping that the NSA was doing in the U.S. and in other countries. He raised many constitutional concerns about individuals’ right to privacy.
It appears that these 12 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that people’s privacy is as real as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny.
Snowden exposed it, but he’s also about as liked by U.S. government officials as Benedict Arnold. Snowden has gone from being in Hong Kong to Russia, and now it appears that he’s needing another safe place to hide from U.S. prosecution.
Any country that takes Snowden in, will draw a lot of unwanted U.S.-ire on itself. That’s one alien who needs a new planet.