Traitor in The Defector Episode of Star Trek Essay
In "The Defector," Jarroc becomes a traitor when he betrays the Romulan Empire. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has several definitions for "betrayal," but the one we are interested in is the second, which reads, "to deliver to an enemy by treachery" (109). By defecting and telling the Federation of the Romulan plan to invade, Jarroc does just that. Merriam-Webster's further defines a traitor as "one who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty" (1252). By defecting to the Federation and using information that the Romulan High Council gave him in trust to harm the Romulan Empire, Jarroc became a traitor.
Until the very end of the show, Jarroc did not believe …show more content…
Some might argue that because Jarroc had not given the Federation any real information, he had not done any damage to the Romulan Empire, and therefore had not really betrayed them. There are two points to consider in this case. First, Jarroc had only been censured and reassigned four months earlier. Information that he obtained previous to that time would have still been correct. Some of the information that Jarroc gave Picard, such as fleet strengths and compositions, is unlikely to change over such a short period of time. So some of the information that Jarroc gave the Federation was probably tactically useful. Second, Jarroc carried a wealth of more strategic information. As Data admitted in the bar, the Federation's