Former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden's fate remains a mystery as journalist Glenn Greenwald revealed more classified documents, according to several news sources recently, including Reuters. Greenwald said the NSA's spy program aimed at communications involving Mexican president Enrique Nieto and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.
While the revelations involving Mexico and Brazil are interesting, the fascinating question is the fate of leaker Snowden. Conflicting reports from Russia and Cuba provided different versions of why Snowden was denied his seat on an Aeroflot flight scheduled to leave Moscow for Havana back in June. First, a Russian newspaper claimed the Cubans blocked the leaker's admission into Havana by saying they would not allow any plane with Snowden on board to land anywhere in Cuba. The reason given was that Cuba didn't want to damage its relationship with the U.S. since President Barack Obama is trying to extradite the wayward leaker back to American soil for a trial.
It didn't take long for former Cuban president Fidel Castro to churn out a column in which he blistered the Russians for "lying" about Snowden. Castro, the former Communist guerrilla who led the revolution in the 1950s, said it was Russia who would not allow Snowden to leave the Russian Federation on a flight for which he'd already purchased a ticket.
So who do you believe? It's quite a credibility test. Vladimir Putin, former KGB chief, against Fidel Casto who had countless Cuban citizens executed when he rose to power in Cuba. One brutal dictator's word against another's.
The last official word is that Snowden obtained one-year "sanctuary" in Russia and latched onto a job working for Pavel Durov, who founded Vkontakte or VK, which is the Soviet equivalent of Facebook.
That sounds well and good. But questions are raised when Putin's people say it was the Cubans who wouldn't allow Snowden to land on the Caribbean island and Castro claims it was the Russians who wouldn't let him leave the "workers' paradise".
While Greenwald assured the world in the past that his information source Snowden was safe, it has been quite awhile since he made that promise. Is Snowden strapped in a chair in the grim recesses of a KGB interrogation room being tortured while he releases the rest of his information?
Snowden's identity is as much open to debate as is his current situation. Some people hail him as leaking information which the NSA obtained in violation of American citizens Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures of their computers and i-phones. To this segment of the population he is seen as a hero who is looking out for the interests of his fellow Americans.
To other people he has been labeled a traitor for leaking classified U.S. documents to the Communist Chinese and the Russians, two countries who have long been antagonistic toward the best interests of America. The Obama Administration certainly sees him as guilty of espionage as they have been attempting to extradite him to the U.S. to face courtroom justice.
The most recent disclosures involved information that Nieto's e-mails were being read by NSA before he was elected to determine who he would likely appoint to his cabinet.The NSA further monitored and read e-mails of Rousseff by the use of DNI Presenter, which is a program used to open and read e-mails and online chats.
While the revelations regarding Brazil and Mexico are mildly interesting, but not really surprising since all countries spy on each other to some extent, the big question now is who is controlling the fate of Edward Snowden?
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