What Is Treason?

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Many politicians have called Edward Snowden’s NSA leak an act of treason, yet it doesn’t fit the criteria for the crime. So what is treason?

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After publishing secret spy docs, German news site investigated for treason
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/after-publishing-secret-spy-docs-german-news-site-investigated-for-treason/
“A well-known German political and tech news website has received (English translation here) a nearly unprecedented letter from the German Federal Public Prosecutor, saying that two of the site’s top editors are being investigated for treason after having published secret government documents earlier this year.”

No, Edward Snowden probably didn’t commit treason
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/12/no-edward-snowden-probably-didnt-commit-treason/
“That’s just a handful of the accusations of treason that have been leveled against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden since his identity became public Sunday.”

The Law of Treason In England In The Later Middle Ages
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/samples/cam034/70111123.pdf
“‘Treason’, said Maitland, ‘is a crime which has a vague circumference and more than one centre’.”

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