MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry can no longer bear former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s effort to travel to a country that will grant him asylum for blowing the whistle on massive secret surveillance by the United States government. She wrote an “open letter” for Snowden, which she read on her weekend cable news program, urging him to come back home to the US.
A posting on her show’s page reads, “Espionage. International intrigue. Secret government surveillance. Bad airport food. The Edward Snowden saga continued on Friday, when the leaker–who revealed information about the NSA’s surveillance of phone and internet records–spoke out from the Moscow airport, where he’s been holed up for three weeks, to demand that the U.S. stop interfering with his attempts to escape prosecution.”
This setup suggests that Harris-Perry finds Snowden’s belief that he must seek asylum from the United States to be trivial and unreasonable and that is exactly the case.