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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

NSA snitch and fugitive Edward Snowden needs public-relations help — badly. From the moment he blew his whistle on NSA snooping practices, he became an anti-hero.

By definition, anti-heroes are uber-cool. Think Dirty Harry, Rambo, Jack Reacher — men who boldly play by their own rules against “The System.”

Snowden was a bona fide, flesh-and-blood Jason Bourne, thumbing his nose at the U.S. government in a way few of us would dare to dream.

Journalists and Hollywood would have walked on molten lava for his story. All he had to do was shut up and stay mysterious, for as the beer commercial teaches, “The World's Most Interesting Man” is a man of few words.

No, Snowden had to publicly howl about how President Obama is blocking his path to political asylum.

Geez, Ed, when you give up state secrets, hopscotch across international borders without permission and snuggle in the bosom of the USA's old Cold War adversary, what in the name of Benedict Arnold do you expect? You can't reboot this game, my friend.

Hero or rat, Snowden is no real-world Bourne. He's just another whiny, maladjusted “geekazoid” in a corner cubicle. With a big mouth. And no clue.

Dan Skantar

North Fayette

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