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One man provided his mistress secret information for use in a biography about himself and then lied about it. The other openly shared secrets to stop what he saw as improper mass surveillance, spawning Supreme Court-bound lawsuits, presidential policy pivots and global concern about privacy.
The former – disgraced ex-CIA Director David Petraeus – won a generous plea deal made public Tuesday, in which he agreed to serve two years probation and plead guilty to one misdemeanor. 
Now, supporters of exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden say he deserves a similar slap on the wrist, not the possibility of decades behind bars.
Snowden has been living in Russia, where he received asylum after the U.S. government canceled his passport in 2013. Through attorneys, he's expressed fear about an unfair trial if he returns to the U.S., but has said he's willing to return in exchange for a no-jail deal. 
“Snowden would be amenable to coming back to the United States for the kind of plea bargain that Gen. Petraeus received,” Jesselyn Radack, an attorney for Snowden who works at the Government Accountability Project, told Politico Tuesday.
Another attorney for Snowden, Ben Wizner, who has worked on thus-far unsuccessful negotiations with the government, tells U.S. News the apparent motivation for generosity in the Petraeus case should apply to his client.
“If Petraeus deserves exceptional treatment because of his service to the nation, then surely the same exception should be offered to Edward Snowden, whose actions have led to a historic global debate that will strengthen free societies,” Wizner says.
But Wizner, who directs the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, isn’t optimistic that will happen. 
“The problem is that leniency is only extended to officials with friends in high places,” he says. 
According to plea documents filed in court Tuesday, Petraeus gave mistress Paula Broadwell – author of his biography, “All In” – access to eight “black books” that collectively contained classified information from his time leading military efforts in Afghanistan. He then lied about doing so to FBI investigators.
The books included “classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings, and [Petraeus’] discussions with the President of the United States of America," the court documents say.
The books also contained "national defense information, including Top Secret//SCI and code word information,” the documents state.
Before the plea deal, there was a significant outpouring of sympathy for the retired four-star general from tough-on-leaks politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who said Petraeus should not face charges because he had "suffered enough." 
“He made a mistake,” Feinstein said. “He lost his job as CIA director because of it. I mean, how much do you want to punish somebody? It’s done. It’s over. He’s retired. He’s lost his job. How much does [the] government want?”
A spokesman for the senator, who previously described Snowden’s actions as traitorous, did not respond to a request for comment on whether the whistleblower deserves leniency. 
Meanwhile, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who has opposed mass surveillance programs Snowden exposed, bristled at the idea of comparing the criminal conduct of Petraeus and Snowden.
“Gen. Petraeus violated the law to impress a girlfriend,” he says. “Edward Snowden released confidential information in order to bring attention to overwhelming and pervasive constitutional violations.”


  1. Snowden is a True American Patriot, he is more patriotic than any US congressperson or senator, as they all let the illegal spying on it's own citizens. I think he should run for 2016 president as a 3rd party candidate, at least you know he actually cares about the constitution and citizens rights! SNOWDEN FOR PRESDENT 2016!!!!!

  2. Jack of SpadesMarch 05, 2015

    Go back to India.

  3. twinkiedooterMarch 05, 2015

    Indians don't like dogs. Apparently Patel is just ignorant of the US laws and needs retrained immediately by the hotel. I hope that he and the hotel are SUED big time. Sgt. Price deserves better than what Patel dished out. I agree...go back to India. Gee, thank you Mr. Obama for this alien we don't need.. And BTW there are thousands of Patels in Florida. One "Patel" who had his own gas station/convenience store in Davie, Fla. torched it himself but FIRST he put all the valuable stuff in his car. Yep. True. And no doubt he was given this business by the US govt for free...while native born US citizens go hungry and homeless........ah, the irony of this country never ceases to amaze me.

  4. I live in Ontario Canada. You have to go a long way not to find a motel that isn't owned by a Patel.

  5. maybe the SMART girl just did NOT want in her Hotel a LUNATIC, WAR CRIMINAL "ORDER FOLLOWING" ATTACK DOG! And, I do NOT mean the "service dog"!
    I MEAN THE "volunteering" WAR CRIMINAL for his "cunt-try"!!!!!

  6. While tolerable in a free country, that too would be illegal since the government now tells us who we must associate with and apparently constitutional rights evaporate the moment you have to earn a living...

    Abolish all 'anti discrimination' laws. They are wrong and represent an intolerable infringement on individual rights. They scope perpetually widens and in many places they are reaching extreme levels of absurdity.

  7. Snowden doesn't deserve or need a deal.
    What Snowden did wasn't a crime.
    What the Government did, and is still doing, is a crime!

    Having said that, I believe Snowden is still working for the criminal government he purports to be exposing.
    The Government I speak of is the Jewish Organized Crime Network!

    Even if you had 100,000 people sitting in buildings every day, with high tech computer programs scanning for keywords, they could never track 7 billion people let alone 300 million 24 / 7.

    The pushing of the cellphone trend is designed to get the people to volunteer to their own surveillance

    Snowden is there to convince the world that this secret surveillance is taking place, so that the people will cower and self sensor, effectively doing away with the first amendment.

    We now see a documentary where, the Jew, Glen Greenwald has no problem gaining access to Snowden and the Jewish owned Media allows it on the air.

    Yet, no one with the truth about the Jewish crime of 9/11 is allowed on the mainstream Media to expose it!
    Interesting that the U.S. intelligence network can't get to Snowden. but Greenwald can!

    The Jews are in total control of America, through Money System, the Media, and the Government.

    Everything you see taking place is led and instigated by Jews.

    The other visible players such as, Berry Soetoro, the Congress, the Senate and the Supreme Court, are either blackmailed Shabbat Goy Puppets, or Zionist Jews working for the Jewish Organized Crime Network.

    Snowden and Assange are Total plants.

  8. These GD people who have been in the military, think they can push anyone around, for any reason. A dog in a hotel is a flea carrying problem. Go to a place that allows animals.

  9. The American's with Disabilities Act is why a disabled person can bring a service animal into an establishment. I spent six years working in retail. If the animal had a sign saying service animal on it then you did not question the persons right to have the animal in the store. If you brought in an animal without a sign on it we would ask the customer why they had the animal and if they said it was a service animal we did not challenge that persons right to have that animal. If they did not then we politely asked that the person remove the animal and come back after.

  10. How about you staying in a dog pound next time your out of town.


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