Drake said that Snowden chose "to escape the United States to have any chance at all of retaining his freedom and liberty."
Um-hum. He left out the part about how Snowden is retaining his freedom and liberty in Russia, as a guest of Vladimir Putin.
Oh, yeah ... freedom and liberty ... coming right up!
Well, enough levity. Here's a much more realistic appraisal of Snowden's life in Russia:
“This interesting fish has swum into our nets of its own accord and it would be unthinkable of our special services to miss this rare chance to talk to a U.S. defector,” said Alexei Kondaurov, a retired general of the Soviet-era intelligence service.
Young Mr. Snowden will be enjoying Putin's freedom and liberty for a long time to come, I think.