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Snowden actions conflicted with his claimed intentions

Edward Snowden is trying to come clean, but it is too late for that.

Edward Snowden tries to come clean
New Yorker

Don’t believe for an instant that Edward Snowden isn’t bright and probably nobly intended. Is he a patriot in extreme or a sly traitor?

Living on Ramen noodles and working on computer maintenance in remote Russia doesn’t sound like Snowden was motivated by the money. That doesn’t jibe with his being a Russian hired traitor.

Pulling off the biggest steal and leak job in history without some help seems implausible, and yet maybe being overconfident in their security measures at the NSA is plausible.

In his exclusive interview with the New Yorker, Snowden denies that he is a spy. Well, that is false. He was an American spy, but he was not spying for Russia. Is he assisting them now? Did his actions help Russia more than helping American citizens reclaim their right to privacy and freedom from the domestic intrusion?

You see, even if the advantage favors American citizens, Snowden still loses in a lose-lose scenario. His mistake was not taking the stolen files right to one or more congressmen and soliciting their assistance.

Had he done that, one or more of them would have been culpable in whistle blowing along with Snowden. Had the case been pursued through the judicial system, it seems likely that the court at some level would have decided that the evidence could have been hidden or destroyed without being evaluated by the legal system for review. That would have justified Snowden’s taking the files.

He would have had to undergo prosecution, however, the chances are that he would have gained empathy and support.

What would not have gotten into the news is exposing spying on allies, for instance. Embarrassing things like that would likely have been stifled, but spying on citizens would have come to light.

Also, likely is that Republicans would have had a field day criticizing Obama. Now, they must tread more lightly so as not to appear aligned with the alleged traitor and leaker.

Read the New Yorker interview as it is interesting.



Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower, strongly denies allegations made by members of Congress that he was acting as a spy, perhaps for a foreign power, when he took hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. Speaking from Moscow, where he is a fugitive from American justice, Snowden told The New Yorker, “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd.”

On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, described Snowden as a “thief, who we believe had some help.” The show’s host, David Gregory, interjected, “You think the Russians helped Ed Snowden?” Rogers replied that he believed it was neither “coincidence” nor “a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the F.S.B.””

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