With his 1 million Twitter followers, Edward Snowden has a large platform to lobby for the Department of Justice to respond to his desire to return to the U.S. In return, he says he is willing to go to prison. Of course the establishment media also have been all-ears about Snowden's willingness to deal with the U.S. legal system. Here is the latest from New York Magazine.
Lawyers know that the Espionage Act is a hard nut to crack. Surely, Snowden is aware that the legal cards are stacked against him. So, what we Machiavellian crowd wonder is: What is Snowden's strategy in appealing to be allowed "home?"
Surely, this ET kind of yearning to Go Home is more than nostalgia for Americana. After all, U.S. culture is among our biggest exports.
My hunch is that he wants to expand his mission to showing what a travesty the U.S. legal system might well be. Snowden has plenty of supporters, including among adept lawyers. As the wheels of supposed justice turn against him he can create a force field attracting push-back against such alleged miscarriages of justice.
That could be big. Snowden knows it. He has nothing to lose but his freedom by returning to the U.S. Unfortunately for Snowden, the powers that be in the U.S. Justice Department also likely know it. They won't play that game, unless forced to. Public opinion could force them to.