Snowden not a traitor he did not do it for money- most do

To Editor:

I read: "If anyone were to violate the law by leaking classified information outside the legal avenues, certainly that individual should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said on CBS's "This Morning."

He was talking about Ed Snowden, of the Washington Post and Britain's Guardian newspapers alleged to have leaked information because he believed the United States had built a vast and secret espionage machine to spy on Americans.

As a Republican and former Marine Officer who was required to disobey an unlawful order, I am saddened by Mr. Cantor’s statement. Mr. Snowden is upholding the Constitution of the United States, the 4th Amendment, in trying to protect every U. S. citizen from- unreasonable search and seizure, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause….particularly describing, the place, persons and things to be seized.

The U.S. Congress Intelligence Oversight Committee made an oath to uphold the Constitution and they have failed, not Mr. Snowden. Mr. Snowden recognized an illegal “order” to remain quiet about- an act of spying on no particular persons without particular terrorist connections for warrants and a very unreasonable fishing expedition.

Thank You,

Jeff Frost