An Obama spy accusation has been made recently by Edward Snowden, the past government contractor that was given official asylum by Russia after choosing to leak NSA secrets to the public. He has condemned a panel set up by President Obama and intended to examine U.S. surveillance and privacy programs this week, calling it a “sham” that was only intended to help save face in spying activities and continuing espionage actions. NewsMax provides details on these critically harsh allegations this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
The Obama spy claim reached U.S. headlines this week following Edward Snowden releasing a statement in which he calls out President Barack Obama’s national security panel. Instead of looking into and monitoring national surveillance initiatives and policies, Snowden argues that they are nothing more than a veneer meant to “restore the public confidence in government spying.”
"Their job wasn't to protect privacy or deter abuses, it was to 'restore public confidence' in these spying activities," Snowden revealed in a new email exchange with Globo TV Brazil.
Just last week, President Obama’s appointed review panel made a public statement, saying that they believed “sweeping restrictions” were in order to curb the government’s overall surveillance activities. This entailed a court order to sign off on specific searches of public phone records, and disallowing the NSA to collect and monitor data from U.S. citizens without permission.
Within his email conversation with the Brazilian news source, Snowden again backed his Obama spy accusations with a returning defense of his news-topping release of classified information, leaks that spilled many secrets about the NSA surveillance program. Rather than call himself a traitor to the country, Edward Snowden instead cites himself as a brave whistle-blower on unlawful spying actions.
The panel nor President Obama have offered any comments yet on the former government contractor’s condemnation of the program or its decision-making.
“Snowden, who earlier this 2013 fled his NSA job in Hawaii for China, and then later Russia (having been charged with handing over secret information to reporters), said he does not think he would be treated justly if he returns to the United States, because he has embarrassed the Obama administration and the U.S. intelligence community.”
"It's clear that I could not possibly get a fair trial in my country," he added in a statement. "I will never exchange information for asylum, and I don't think the Brazilian government would do that either," Snowden reportedly told Globo. "A grant of asylum should always be a purely humanitarian decision . . . I will never cooperate with anyone outside of a lawful and appropriate manner."