“I decided I would rather live the life of a hunted fugitive in my own country than spend my years controlled as a puppet of the KGB … I suspect Snowden will come to regret his actions just as deeply. This, more than anything else, would be the greatest tragedy of all.” Christopher Boyce
Sam Adams Award given to Edward Snowden is not only a wind from the Cold War, especially in the context of the Vasil Bozhkov – Skull’s private collection finds in Moscow State Historical Museum, but the funniest and weird award ever. There is usually and as a rule nominations for any award, or like in case with Georgi Markov Award for humanity, a context of an ocean of competition. Edward Snowden had got an award for something that everybody can do in the easiest way – to gain a trust of the employer and later to run with obtained information. This is the award for! However, the people have been developing self-awareness and know that they are people as members of society and need to follow the rules.
Since Moscow is the top totalitarian capital, giving an award without competition is normal. This is the law of totalitarism to isolate the competition. Then, although there are involved American former US government employee, this award has all characteristics of Russian scenario. As most of communism ideological games, parody and paradox of culture are the typical characteristics of the social practices during the communist regimes.
For the public, most interesting is how many Russian spies have been discovered in the USA monthly and how many Americans have been paid by Russians for some information.
Christopher Boyce states:
“Contrary to what many believe, my partner and I did not give information to the Soviet Embassy to aid the Soviet Union. I did what I did because I wanted to publicize and strike back at the U.S. intelligence community for the things I saw that outraged me”.
It is interesting that in 2010 the media focused on Russian spy network, but the USA were not able obviously to clean completely the situation:
2010, Washington Post
“The roll-up of an alleged network of Russian spies has provided new evidence that the era of Cold War espionage never completely ended, exposing what U.S. intelligence experts described as Moscow's ongoing commitment to aggressive espionage operations, as well its fondness for spycraft techniques that haven't advanced since the KGB was dissolved.”