Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Snowden hunt would shame Big Brother

THE United States' pursuit of whistleblower Edward Snowden is shameful in the extreme.

Government departments exist to assist and protect a nation's citizens but what we are witnessing from the US is a governing state acting as though it ruled the lives of those whom it ought to be seeking to represent – granting itself oversight of the minutiae of its people's lives in a chilling mirror of Orwell's dystopian vision.

No wonder Snowden fears capture; Bradley Manning, the courageous young soldier who supplied Julian Assange with the WikiLeaks information regarding abuses conducted by the occupying troops in Iraq, has been treated in ways no prisoner of war would endure under the Geneva Convention. He has been held in solitary confinement, forced to sleep naked and deprived of his prescription spectacles, leaving him practically blind.

These are dark days for democracy and freedom, as our fellow men are vilified, prosecuted and imprisoned for trying to alert us to acts committed in our name.

Extradition treaty be damned. Britain ought to be standing up to the bullying US and offering political asylum.

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