Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 11:56
Question: What’s the secret to going on the lam as an anti-government global superstar and getting set up in a nice, cushy exile in a country that’s a rival to your own?
Answer: Be a keyboard-tapping, suburban-raised white guy who gives away national secrets and then puts a “patriotic” spin on it. You’ll lock in big-conference speaking stints over an encrypted Skype feed and get a prime-time interview on network news, and the federal government might even consider offering you a sweetheart plea deal while you’re at it.
At least that’s what the Washington Post’s intelligence insider, David Ignatius, managed to pry from the intelligence community recently about Edward Snowden, quoting a source saying, “If he came back and told everything he knows, then perhaps some accommodation could be reached.”