Edward Snowden is charged with espionage under the Espionage Act of 1917. The Espionage Act of 1917 was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson as an incentive against individuals "protesting" against World War I. From 1917 to the Obama Presidency, only three people have been charged under the Espionage Act of 1917. Since the Obama Presidency, seven people have been charged under the Act.
Is Mr. Snowden guilty as charged?
Yes, he is guilty. He is just as guilty as the Reformer Martin Luther and the Prophet Elijah.
What do I mean?
Martin Luther was a lowly German priest who publicly protested against Pope Alexander VI's Church, in part, for his endorsement of the practice of selling indulgences. Elijah was a lowly prophet who publicly protested against the Israeli King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, in part, for their endorsement of the practice of worshipping Baal.
Martin Luther and Elijah were both respectively charged with high treason by the Vatican and Israel. In response, Martin Luther and Elijah doubled down by aggressively "protesting" more so against the Vatican and Israel, respectively. Of course, they were Davids to the latter Goliaths who had to be rescued. For example, Martin Luther was rescued ("kidnapped") by German princes who hid him (under an assumed name in a German castle) until the Pope's successor (who continued to persecute Herr Luther) died within the same year. Elijah was rescued by G-d Who hid him in the wilderness and sent ravens to feed him until the death of the Israeli Queen Jezebel in the same year.
Both the Catholic Pope and the Israeli Queen Jezebel wanted to "burn the traitors at the stake."
Karl, why are you condoning lawbreakers? Shouldn't you pay the consequences when you break the law?
Should you suffer the consequences when you break "illegal" laws?
Martin Luther and Elijah argued that the Vatican and Israel were captured, corrupted, perverted and prostituted by the Babylonian System. As a matter of fact, Martin Luther called Pope Alexander VI an Anti-Christ and Elijah's labels for the Israeli King Ahab and the Israeli Queen Jezebel are well documented.
In defense of Pope Alexander VI's Vatican, the highly respected Catholic Theologian Silvester Mazzolini (i.e., Prieras) among other Vatican officials and apologists personally attacked the lowly German priest (who refused income from his bestselling literary works) who led an impeccable lifestyle. Prieras even stated that the Catholic pope is infallible and as the highest authority in the Catholic Church, he supersedes the Holy Scripture (i.e., the Holy Bible).
Likewise, in defense of the Israeli King Ahab and the Israeli Queen Jezebel, Israeli officials and apologists personally attacked the Prophet Elijah (arguably second only to Moses) who led an impeccable lifestyle. The Israelis argued that the Israeli King Ahab and Queen Jezebel are infallible and as the highest authority in Israel, they superseded the Torah including the Ten Commandments.
In the same vein, Edward Snowden is publicly "protesting" against the US government (including its three branches and the so-called fourth branch), in part, because of its endorsement to undermining the US Constitution (in spite of their oath to uphold it). Like Martin Luther and Elijah, Mr. Snowden is playing "David" to the American government's "Goliath." He, too, had to be rescued by "friends" from the wrath of the US government who wants him to be "burned at the stake." Like Martin Luther hiding in a German castle and Elijah hiding in the wilderness, he had to hide in Red China - ironically, one of the last Godless Communist countries still standing.
Like the Vatican (as per Martin Luther) and Israel (as per Elijah), the US government is captured, corrupted, perverted and prostituted by the Babylonian System. As a matter of fact, it can be argued that Mr. Snowden is more of an American patriot than most significant actors in the American government.
In defense of the Obama administration (i.e., the American government), Vice President Dick Cheney and other government officials/apologists personally attacked the lowly federal agency worker/contractor (i.e., a high school dropout - Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were high school dropouts, too). In defending the American spying on all of its citizens which is undoubtedly illegal as per the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, the apologists are saying, de facto, that the American government (including the three branches) is infallible and as the governing body it supersedes the US Constitution.
Wouldn't we be praising the memory of German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Adolf Eichmann if he had taken a page out of Edward Snowden's book and publicly "protested" against the pending Holocaust of the Jewish People (disclaimer: my mother's mother's mother was born and raised as a Jew in Jamaica)? Wouldn't Herr Eichmann needed to be "rescued" to a place outside of Nazi Germany and its occupied territories for his "protest" to be heard and be effective? Wouldn't he have being a traitor to Nazi Germany? Was he excused or justified for following "orders" under his government because he took an oath? Wouldn't have Nazi officials/apologists personally attacked him and threatened him with hanging by piano wire off a meat hook? Did Nazi law superseded international law? Do you now see why Edward Snowden is a hero to many?