There was a time when anyone convicted of spying or leaking classified documents was put in prison for a long time or worse. Today, individuals like Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning are considered by some as folk heroes for leaking highly classified documents.

In Manning’s case, though convicted of treason, she received a presidential pardon from President Obama. Alas and alack, poor Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs and Jonathan Pollard; you were born too soon.

Edwin T. DeLay, Salt Lake City