Tavis Smiley: 'Edward Snowden Might Be on a Postage Stamp Somewhere Down the Road'

On Sunday’s broadcast of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Tavis Smiley suggested that so-called whistleblower Edward Snowden would be heralded, particularly on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

“Here’s what I do believe – that tomorrow it is worth reminding the audience that we will celebrate the life and legacy of the person I regard as the greatest American this country has ever produced,” Smiley said. “That’s my assessment of Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the quintessential example of what it means to being forced to live under a surveillance state.”

“And so when I knew the president was going to give his speech on Friday, I started to wonder what that bust of Dr. King in the Oval Office might be whispering to the president who was fine-tuning his speech Thursday night,” he continued. “I saw the Friday speech. Unlike Peggy [Noonan], I was somewhat underwhelmed. I understand, David [Gregory], what he’s up against but I sometimes wonder if this president sometimes think rather that he is too cautious when he ought to be a bit more contrarian, particularly when a federal judge has said that part of this bulk collection is unconstitutional. And secondly, you can’t convince me how the dots connect to keep us safer.”

“I think, very quickly, that in the long run Edward Snowden, we were joking earlier, Edward Snowden might be on a postage stamp somewhere down the road,” he added. “Edward Snowden is going to be acknowledged someday. He is going to be appreciated. How history is going to regard what Mr. Obama has done is an open question.”


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