Eugene Robinson was correct in suggesting Edward Snowden as “person of the year” [“The year of Snowden,” op-ed, Dec. 24], but he sullied his choice by characterizing Mr. Snowden as “smug and self-righteous.” That certainly was not how he came across in the profile “Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’ ” [front page, Dec. 24], or in anything else I have read about him.

Mr. Snowden displays a piercing rationality and intelligence that explain why he quickly rose within the intelligence community and how he became disillusioned with the National Security Agency’s assault on our privacy. Giving him a Presidential Medal of Freedom and amnesty sounds about right. 

John Morton, Jessup