'Paranoiac' is the first word that comes to mind, though one may easily add other descriptors based upon their behavior, like Heroes, Traitors, Geniuses, Dupes. etc. Or are they, in truth, ruthless Con-men making fortunes off the American Public while pretending to be 'whistle-blowers'?
It's hard for any reasonable-thinking American to swallow Snowden's line about having to flee the country 'in fear of his life'. Why? Because all he ever needed to do was go to any major newspaper in the USA and he would have had better protection than most innocent Americans normally enjoy.
He claims the 'Government would have him assassinated'.
But if that's the case, then why wasn't Jonathan Pollard--convicted of spying for Israel--assassinated? What about all the others accused of spying against America who are still alive, enjoying free government-provided lawyers?
Julian Assange is terrified of leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy--he even cancelled a speech he was to give from an embassy balcony in fear of being killed by a "CIA sniper".
Something doesn't wash. There is, in fact, no evidence whatsoever that the US government has ever assassinated a 'whistle-blower' or other person accused of being an anti-American actor, so why all the fear and drama?
For one thing, such fears gives one an excuse to flee the country with stolen property, but then, why flee to an enemy state? Snowden immediately flew to Hong Kong and begged the Chinese government for asylum. The Chinese refused, dismissing Snowden as 'feng kwang' (a crazy person). They did, however, allow Snowden to board an awaiting Russian jet--something many Americans feel was a slap in the face to our country by Russia, and perhaps rightly so.
Snowden today languishes in a Russian condo while the Russian government officially states that they do not use any of the information Snowden possesses--or so we are to believe. No doubt he received a tidy sum from Oliver Stone for his recent film 'Snowden' and the book he has written. It also is interesting to note that Russian hacking activities against the USA have increased a hundred-fold since Snowden's arrival there. Is there a connection?
It's pretty easy to imagine that, with his movie and book royalties, Snowden is cashing in quite well on his theft of America's secret information and quite possibly living well and high in his adopted Russia.
If Snowden was the 'patriotic American' he claims to be, he had many other avenues of escape than running to our enemies. The European Union has a mightily respected whistle-blower protection scheme presided over by The Hague, where he could easily have obtained asylum.
Ultimately, it is difficult to understand why he didn't stay in the USA and avail himself of Whistle-Blower protections and an enormous amount of public support. Unless one is a 'conspiracy theorist' of the highest order, it just doesn't make sense. He stole information that belonged to We The People and fled to an anti-American state. Why he did this is very suspicious, to say the least.
Julian Assange has always been an anti-American in both word and deed. In his home country of Australia, Assange was one of those who promoted the term 'Americulture', and raved in the Australian press, when he could get their attention, that McDonalds, KFC and Pizzahut were secret American spy organizations. When most Australians laughed at him and the press and Australian government ignored him as a "lunatic", he fled to Europe. But Assange brought more than just his wacky theories and narcissistic megalomania with him, he also brought his over-amped libido along, apparently engaging in drug-assisted sex parties, eventually to be formally accused of rape before Wikileaks was not much more than just his dream of fame and fortune.
When the relatively unknown "reporter" Glen Greenwald adopted Snowden's cause, Greenwald introduced him to Assange, and Assange literally must have leapt for joy. Here was the 'bombshell' that would put his new born baby 'Wikileakes' (British spelling) on the world-wide stage.
Today, Greenwald lives with his husband in a 'secure' location in Brazil and claims he is afraid of being assassinated by the CIA. He continues to defend both Snowden and Assange against the "evil American Imperialists". And, where have we heard Americans called that before?
These three anti-American actors appear to be just that--anti-Americans ideologues. Assange and Greenwald are, if anything, unabashed profiteers, whereas Snowden may be nothing but a naive dupe and paranoid drama-queen who inadvertently profited from his thievery.
The reality is, no one really cares about Greenwald enough to waste a bullet on him, let alone the vast expense involved in doing so (though he is convinced they do). At the most, the FBI may want to question him. Snowden could receive guarantees of protection and completely free legal representation by the ACLU and dozens of fame-seeking lawyers like Johnny Cochran or the Kardashians, so, when you separate Snowden's dramatic claims from reality, he isn't scared of any assassination, he's really just scared of going to jail.
Unless Snowden has done something terrible that we don't yet know about, then this naive, paranoid little man would enjoy a much better life if he simply gave himself over to the American people and faced the music like an adult.
The longer he clings to Russia as an asylum-seeker while reaping monetary profit, the more suspicious Americans become.
As for Assange these days, apart from the publicity he's getting in releasing Hillary's Ho-Hum emails, Wikileakes fans can be proud of the fact that Assange has just released the names and addresses of perhaps hundreds of LGBTs in Saudi Arabia, where their summary execution under Sharia Law now awaits.