Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers: Snowden would not get a fair trial

It is impossible for anyone inside the NSA (or CIA or whatever) to be a whistleblower. The levels of secrecy are written in law. In effect, there is no way to control the beast. Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong.

John Kerry’s challenge to Snowden to return and face trial is either disingenuous or simply ignorant that current prosecutions under the Espionage Act allow no distinction whatever between a patriotic whistleblower and a spy. Either way, nothing excuses Kerry’s slanderous and despicable characterizations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States

Go read the whole thing.