Edward Snowden apparently believes that each employee of the government and its contractors who have access to sensitive information should be able to decide for himself or herself which things should be kept secret [“NSA leaker’s access examined,” front page, June 11].

He is not a whistleblower who has uncovered misfeasance, malfeasance or criminal activity. He simply disagrees with a policy duly enacted by Congress, signed by the president and blessed by the courts, and has taken it upon himself to try to stop it. There may be many things wrong with that policy and the way it was enacted and implemented. But publicly revealing the methods this country uses to combat potential terrorist acts against it is treason, and he should pay a heavy price for doing so.

Herb Savage, Accokeek