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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jeffrey Toobin
More Americans think of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a whistleblower than a traitor, but experts on both sides of the debate are making informed and impassioned arguments.
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Toobin stopped short of calling Snowden a traitor on Tuesday, but he strongly asserted Snowden would end up in jail if he repatriated to the United States: “I think Snowden will be confirmed in his desire to stay out of the United States because I think (Snowden’s and Manning’s) situations are very parallel in terms of the amount of disclosure that went on, and I think (Snowden) is likely to face exactly this kind of prosecution and exactly this kind of result
(On June 10 Toobin wrote for the New Yorker, “(Snowden) wasn’t blowing the whistle on anything illegal; he was exposing something that failed to meet his own standards of propriety.