The column "The founders would see Snowden as a patriot" [Opinion, July 4] illustrates how a lack of historical knowledge can lead one astray .

Our founders understood the need for secrecy. They swore an oath to not reveal the contents of their meetings.

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George Washington understood the need for both fealty to the government and to his authority. He had soldiers under his command executed who were found guilty of offenses that endangered the safety and cohesion of his army. Under Washington's command, Edward Snowden could expect the same treatment.

Snowden worked because he agreed to keep secret all aspects of his work. He is a traitor to his country and to his own sworn agreement.

Roy Sperrazza, Melville