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Snowden Risks Life For Hour And Half Online Chat

From the Politico:

Edward Snowden blames President Obama

By TAL KOPAN | June 17, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Monday criticized President Barack Obama for empty promises in a wide-ranging online interview, saying that the president’s alleged failings influenced his decision to release the secret information on government surveillance.

“Obama’s campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes. Many Americans felt similarly. Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs…

Who can argue with this?

[A]nd refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge,” Snowden said…

Oh, he’s talking about the war on terror. All of which is actually legal, at least according to Congress and the Supreme Court.

But Snowden, answering questions from an unknown location, said there was still a chance for the president to redeem himself.

”This disclosure provides Obama an opportunity to appeal for a return to sanity, constitutional policy, and the rule of law rather than men. He still has plenty of time to go down in history as the President who looked into the abyss and stepped back, rather than leaping forward into it. I would advise he personally call for a special committee to review these interception programs, repudiate the dangerous “State Secrets” privilege, and … begin a tradition for all Presidents … by appointing a special investigator to review the policies of their years in office for any wrongdoing,” Snowden said…

So if Obama would just kill off our intel agencies, and release all the terrorists we are detaining, and stop spying on other countries, Mr. Snowden might forgive him? That seems fair.

Snowden repeatedly disputed claims that his actions harmed national security.

”Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it,” Snowden said to one commenter.

“I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets,” Snowden wrote in another response.

And a low-level computer technician would know this how?

Snowden also said the U.S. would not be able to silence him. “All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped,” Snowden said…

How dramatic.

Snowden addressed some points of contention with his initial interview. On the topic of his salary, which he claimed was $200,000 but which his last employer Booz Allen Hamilton said was $122,000, Snowden said the $200,000 figure was a “career high,” and Booz Allen Hamilton was not the most he’d been paid…

So he took a ‘pay cut’ to work for these dastardly Booz Allen people?

He defended his decision to flee to Hong Kong, claiming the U.S. government did what he expected when the story came out and ruined his chance of a fair trial.

“First, the US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime,” Snowden wrote.

Whistleblowers are given all kinds of protection. In fact, NSA whistleblowers are a staple on cable news.

Snowden was also asked why he did not go immediately to Iceland, which he initially said was his best hope of asylum. Snowden explained that he was concerned about being intercepted en route to wherever he fled, and felt that Hong Kong offered the best chance of finding somewhere to work immediately.

“Leaving the U.S. was an incredible risk, as NSA employees must declare their foreign travel 30 days in advance and are monitored. There was a distinct possibility I would be interdicted en route, so I had to travel with no advance booking to a country with the cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained,” Snowden wrote…

None of this is even remotely true. So Mr. Snowden seems to be a paranoid to boot.

Speaking of which, we also have this report from the Associated Press:

Man Who Disrupted Flight Ranted About CIA

June 17, 2013

A man loudly ranted about national security, the CIA and international spying aboard a flight from Hong Kong to Newark Monday, causing passengers to tackle him and bind his hands and feet for the duration of the flight.

Perhaps he is a Snowden in training.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Snowden Risks Life For Hour And Half Online Chat”

  1. Curiosity says:

    Snowden was probably using a Tor network or something similar for the chat, to gain some extra protection.
    Tor on WikiP

    I suspect the NSA’s reach is largely based on people’s use of less secured or less anonymous services. For example, I have an e-mail account at lavabit.com, which is more secure than normal e-mail. However, there is no point to me using it because I only send to government and Google e-mail addresses, meaning the other end is “unsecured.” I also use an anonymous websearch tool (there are several). Services like these can reduce intrusion into your privacy, barring the NSA using a key logger or something similar. People not using such services are easier to track.

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