Did the US government really expect anything other than that another country would grant Edward Snowden asylum? The fact that it is Russia, well known for its hatred of foreign spies and anything which goes against the hard and fast rules of an almost totalitarian government, must be the bitterest pill of all. However, that is what happens when one government begins threatening another; someone stamps their foot, holds their breath and begins going red in the face while everyone else laughs and gets on with their own lives.
Rather than sweating over Snowden, the government in the United States should set about cleaning up their own act and sorting out the problems they’ve created with their foreign friends and partners, as well as with those they (secretly or otherwise) consider enemies. No one expects a clean board, an admission or even a change, but certainly a little bit more transparency, and it makes no difference who is in the White House now, or who was in command when the whole thing began. The United States needs to regain Face in the world, and regain trust above all else.
As to Snowden, if the government is really so keen on getting him back and giving him jail time for crimes committed – disregarding the much lauded statements on whistleblowers and the good they do for society – Checkpoint Charlie is still there. Arrest a few high-level Russian spies and do an exchange, just like in the good old days when spying was clear cut and simple.
- Viktoria Michaelis.