THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY–AGAIN?

Way, way back in our Nation’s History, Edward Everett Hale, while waiting for a Lake Superior Steamer, that (as he phrased it) “…did not choose to come…”, he read anything and everything that he could find to read.  Something particular caught his eye, on that August 13th.  That was the Obituary, in the New York Herald, regarding the death of Philip Nolan, on May 11, 1863.

If you are a history buff, you might enjoy reading the linked article, although the wording and style are quite outdated, http://www.bartleby.com/310/6/1.html.  As Mr. Hale noted, most people probably passed-by an Obituary for a Philip Nolan; but, they might have paid attention if it read: “The Man Without a Country”.

Mr. Nolan had been a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and was accused of crimes that are irrelevant now (roughly 150 years after his Death); but, what he proclaimed at Trial is.  In late 1807, at his Trial, (then) Lieutenant Philip Nolan said:  “Damn the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!”   Keep in mind that those words particularly shocked, at least, half of the Officers on the Jury, who had served during the Revolution, risking their Lives and Fortunes.

The result was that Lieutenant (before) and Mister (afterward) Nolan got his wish.  He was taken on board the U.S.S. Corvette, given all the courtesies of an Officer–although he was no longer IN the U.S. Navy”–and he was considered a Prisoner.  The Officers were free to associate with him;, if they wished; however, they could no longer speak of the United States of America in his presence.  And, as time went by, crews changed; but, he never set foot on land again.

Well, something came out of Ecuador today, as noted in the linked article, in the on-line Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/30/v-print/3478238/ecuador-president-snowden-cant.html‘.  Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told the Associated Press today that the chances of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden ending up in Ecuador are slim, and diminishing, since he does not have a U.S. Passport.  Correa said that Snowden might have a chance if he can reach the Ecuadoran Embassy in Moscow.

Keep in mind the the U.S. and Ecuador had been discussing a Trade Agreement since long before Snowden fled to Hong Kong. Perhaps, Correa might consider improving his Nation’s Economy to be much more important, than becoming the last Stop Motel–for Snowden and his friends at Wikileaks.

So, is the lack of a Passport the hang-up for Russia?  Now, with Vladimir Putin’s KBG Mentality, I don’t think so.  It’s uncertain as to whether Snowden could board a plane for, let’s say, Iceland at present, or if they would even grant him asylum.  For now, it’s a game of Political Poker, Smurkin’ Vlad holds all the aces.  So, wouldn’t it be interesting if “Mr. Transparency” Snowden ended-up staying in The “Land of the Free Press”–Russia?   Or, perhaps Edward Snowden is The ew Man Without a Country.

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