Donald Lambro

"No matter how many more days my life contains, I remain dedicated to the fight for justice in this unequal world," he wrote in an appeal to Correa, the leftist leader who has launched his own campaign against the right of a free press to criticize his administration.

At times, Snowden's self-serving writings veer off into the psychotic, accusing the U.S. of unfairly conducting "an extrajudicial man-hunt costing me, my family, my freedom to travel, and my right to live peacefully without fear of illegal aggression."

In a statement released by the anti-secrecy web site WikiLeaks, Snowden said the Obama administration had used tactics that had turned him into "a stateless person."

Indeed, he seemed naively and peculiarly surprised that the U.S. revoked his passport in its efforts to bring him to justice. Why on earth does he think WikiLeak founder Julian Assange, his hero and role model, who published reams of classified U.S. documents, is holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London?

President Obama, while traveling in Tanzania, said the U.S. has been working through law enforcement channels and at other high diplomatic levels with the Russians "to find a solution to the problem."

But Putin, enjoying any opportunity to stick it to the U.S., was not budging from his conditional offer of a safe harbor, even as he acknowledged that Snowden isn't going to buy it because "he feels himself to be a human rights activist." If Snowden will not agree to his conditions, Putin said, well then "he must choose a country of destination and go there."

Snowden wants to do just that. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that he's given Russian officials a list of 15 countries to whom he plans to apply for asylum.

Snowden is a young, naive, undereducated computer hacker and political zealot who is under the simple-minded delusion that America's government shouldn't have any secrets; that it should conduct no surveillance programs to protect Americans from deadly terrorist attacks; and that a free society means that law enforcers should not conduct precautionary inquiries into people here and abroad who are, with just cause, suspected of plotting to kill as many of us as they can.

This week, evidence was presented in the court-martial trial of Bradley Manning who leaked classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks that showed al-Qaeda leaders reveling in the secret information that they said will help them to attack our country.

"By the grace of God the enemy's interests are today spread all over the place," said Adam Gadahn, a member of the terrorist group, in a 2011 al-Qaeda-produced video. The video urged its terrorist members to study the material revealed by WikiLeaks, whose release was applauded by Snowden.

The prosecution at Manning's trial offered excerpts from the winter 2010 issue of al-Qaeda's online magazine "Inspire," which said, "Anything useful from WikiLeaks is useful for archiving."

The government also submitted evidence that al-Quaeda leader Osama bin Laden obtained Afghanistan battlefield documents published by WikiLeaks that were discovered during the May 2011 raid in his Pakistan compound where he was killed.

This is what's at stake in Snowden's unconscionable theft and disclosure of vital national security information that has terrorist leaders cheering his evil acts. He is not a hero. He's a criminal who is helping terrorists wage war on Americans and our homeland.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.