Edward Snowden, Asshole
There has been an inordinate amount of hand-wringing over revelations of massive NSA surveillance programs intruding into the private lives of innocent Americans. As the furor subsides, on media hiatus while the Polar Vortex reigns, it’s time to take a step back and consider the bigger picture.
Edward Snowden snagged the richest treasure trove of classified intel ever. He got away clean. Then he GIVES it all away and is now stuck in Russia. Russia? What kind of a guy fleeing prosecution from the Feds hunkers down in Russia? The only location that might have been worse is some shithole like Somalia, hanging-out with destitute pirates & warlords. Bad weather, bad food, bad economy, Russia’s got ‘em all. Hey Ed, THAT was an asshole move.
The folks Snowden gave his shit to are RAKING money in with nary a care that some Agency spooks are sneaking into THEIR bedrooms and smothering them with a Hefty bag. They’re JOURNALISTS after all, not WHISTLEBLOWERS. It’s ok if they print this stuff. They’re protected.
Edward Snowden on the other hand, well, suffice to say there are those in the U.S. Security Apparatus who would like to see ‘ol Ed swimming with the fishes. And I think it’s reasonable to assume that their views on this are unlikely to change. Ever. Fukashima will be an organic herb farm before those motherfuckers will concede that Snowden’s actions did not irreparably harm U.S. interests – U.S. interests apparently being fucking over U.S. citizens.
So really Ed, why no financial perks, eh? Is it because you’re an asshole? You’re screwed either way so the non-asshole approach would have been to accept some minor 8 digit compensation for your hardships.
Along those lines, Greenwald & Poitras – the principal JOURNALISTS now holding the bulk of the aforementioned treasure trove - were recently backed by a billionaire to,uh, DEVELOP said treasure trove. And everyone knows that billionaires are inherently civic-minded and philanthropic and LACK ulterior motive, whatever that might mean. The common good and all that shit…..
Anyways, since our whistleblower (and that term definitely SOUNDS like ‘asshole’) opened our eyes to these issues, numerous analysts & commentators smarter than me (granted, not a particularly exclusive set) have identified what sure sounds like extensive and ongoing criminal and unconstitutional conduct by our Spy Agencies and their Executives. Yet Ed is the one with the outstanding warrants, facing a possible death sentence and stuck in a frigid shithole without an income. The obvious deficiencies in his planning totally scream ‘asshole’,
I don’t want to belabor the point. I think Ed should have brought sharper elbows to this affair and done a better job of looking out for Number 1. What has been actually accomplished? So far a committee that was formed told us we might be getting fucked. Then a Federal Judge actually ruled that the constitutionality of these programs can’t be legally challenged because we’re not supposed to fucking know they exist. The upshot? Ed is completely fucked – AND stuck in Russia. The material difference his actions have made is that we’re no longer completely in the dark. Now we KNOW we’re fucked. I suppose I should be grateful for that. Thanks asshole….