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Daniel Ellsberg

Snowden didn't call himself a hero but he's acted like one [Letter]

I was surprised by your editorial on the NBC interview with Edward Snowden ("Snowden speaks," May 29).

I consider myself fairly objective, yet I heard very different responses from Mr. Snowden than the editorial suggests. It was almost a cognitive dissonance, as though I had watched a different show.

For example, I did not hear Mr. Snowden saying he would like to be a hero. I heard a highly intelligent and relatively humble Mr. Snowden saying he did what he felt was right for the American people. I heard a Mr. Snowden who had enlisted after 9/11, who is...