"...Flynn told me about a colonel in the Americal Divison (which Flynn always said was sponsored by General Foods) who believed that every man under his command needed combat experience; he made the cooks and the clerks and the supply men and the drivers all take M-16’s and go out on night patrol, and one time all of his cooks got wiped out in an ambush."
Ex-NSA chief Hayden on whether Edward Snowden is a “traitor” in this @FacetheNation moment sponsored by @Windows: http://t.co/MzfytHHPyC— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 30, 2013
So a senior American military officer who committed a crime by breaking his oath to protect and defend the American Constitution (Hayden), is sponsored by a major international tech company complicit in that crime (Microsoft), to appear on a major American TV network eager to enable the crime (CBS), to attack the citizen who exposed the crime (Snowden).
The Founders would be thrilled.
On the basis of the following oath, Snowden passes and Hayden fails. Only one of them should worry about "clemency" and it isn't Snowden.
Oath of Commissioned Officers
Section III, Article 3
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.