Multiple officials within the United States government have told a reporter of their interest in murdering Edward Snowden. A killing that would take place outside of any legal proceeding or formal process. The US government officials not only expressed a desire to do it for their national security concerns but also a sense of personal satisfaction they would receive from completing the task.
“I would love to put a bullet in his head,” one Pentagon official, a former special forces officer, said bluntly. “I do not take pleasure in taking another human beings life, having to do it in uniform, but he is single handedly the greatest traitor in American history.”
The right of asylum exists to protect individuals from being persecuted or harmed unjustly by their own government. Reported statements by officials within the Department of Defense as well as a current NSA analyst provide clear evidence that Snowden is likely to face illegal reprisals should he return to the United States.
One NSA analyst said he would like to “personally would go and kill him myself” and that within NSA “A lot of people share this sentiment.” Noting that within the intelligence organization itself their is an intense desire to seek retribution outside the rule of law.
Another defense official, who is said to work with Army Intelligence, disclosed to a reporter an elaborate scenario where the US government would kill Edward Snowden within the country of Russia – Snowden’s current location.
“I think if we had the chance, we would end it very quickly,” he said. “Just casually walking on the streets of Moscow, coming back from buying his groceries. Going back to his flat and he is casually poked by a passerby. He thinks nothing of it at the time starts to feel a little woozy and thinks it’s a parasite from the local water. He goes home very innocently and next thing you know he dies in the shower.”
The clear interest of multiple government officials in murdering Edward Snowden may be indicative of a larger desire within the US government to seek extra-judicial punishment of Snowden should he reenter the country. That threat of extra-judicial punishment or persecution is grounds to grant Snowden asylum under international law.
It is becoming increasingly evident that Snowden will have difficulty getting a fair trial in the current climate should he return the United States.