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Espionage Act of 1917
Snowden speaks [Editorial]

Accused National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was handed a golden opportunity to justify himself Wednesday when he was asked by NBC's Brian Williams whether the American public should view his unauthorized release of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to the media as a principled act of civil disobedience or as a betrayal of his country — and he blew it. The interview, taped last week, took place at a hotel in Moscow, where Mr. Snowden fled last year in order to avoid prosecution on espionage charges. Mr. Snowden spent much of the hour-long broadcast trying to convince Mr. Williams and the TV audience that he was actually a patriot, not a traitor. His...