by Sheree Geo
The Ed Snowden affair seems to be quite the conundrum for almost all parties involved: Russia is accusing the U.S. of playing some kind of international trick on them by allowing Snowden into their country from his first choice of refuge (Hong Kong), Ecuador backed down after Joe Biden gave their president a call, and last we heard, he was headed for…Iceland???
The London Telegraph reports:
“He asked that we please reject the asylum application that Snowden has made,” said Mr Correa, according to Ecuadorean newspaper El Telegrafo.
“But for us to be able to assess the application, Mr Snowden has to be inside Ecuadorean territory. When he is there, we can consider the application.”
“They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him,” said Correa, “making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced.”
This is very similar to what Hong Kong authorities said to the U.S. State Department when a (half-baked) extradition attempt was made. When have you ever heard of a suspect (who works for the highest levels of intelligence in the U.S.) being extradited with the wrong information?
Regardless of where Snowden is, everyone in the U.S. (along with hundreds of millions of people around the globe) knows who he is, and don’t trust the NSA, the CIA, or any other agency telling us that this man is a traitor to his country. China’s angry with the U.S. because some of the revelations by Snowden include their own sensitive files.
The US government has been hacking Chinese mobile operator networks in order to intercept millions of text messages, as well as the operator of region’s fiber optic cable network, South China Morning Post writes, citing Edward Snowden.
Even his own father, in an interview with NBC, insists that his son “betrayed his government, not his people”, although he wants him to come home to the country that wants to kill him. The petition to pardon Edward Snowden has officially reached the 100,000 signatures necessary for a response from the White House in only two weeks! The Department of Defense is apparently so scared of all of this information, they won’t even allow their “employees” access to alternative news sites offering any of this new information.
According to U.S. News and World Report:
The Department of Defense is blocking online access to news reports about classified National Security Agency documents made public by Edward Snowden. The blackout affects all of the department’s computers and is part of a department-wide directive.
“Any website that runs information that the Department of Defense still considers classified” is affected, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told U.S. News in a phone interview.
According to Pickart, news websites that re-report information first published by The Guardian or other primary sources are also affected.
“If that particular website runs an article that our filters determine has classified information… the particular content on that website will remain inaccessible,” he said.
Pickart said the blackout affects “millions” of computers on “all Department of Defense networks and systems.”
The Corbett Report very beautifully described the way the information gathered by NSA’s PRISM is used to blackmail politicians, journalists, and others:
We cannot forget, however, the other whistleblowers and their personal plights for universal freedom in the face of rampant tyranny, such as Russell Tice, Thomas Drake, Michael Hastings, Andrew Breitbart, and of course, Bradley Manning. As Washington’s Blog recently pointed out:
Indeed, NSA whistleblower Russel Tice – a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping –recently said that the NSA illegally spied on General Petraeus and other generals, Supreme Court Justice Alito and all of the other supreme court justices, Barack Obama, the White House spokesman, and many other top officials.
…when NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake tried to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption within the NSA – based upon the NSA spying on all Americans instead of targeting only suspected criminals – he was prosecuted under the Espionage Act.
Douglas J. Hagmann of homelandsecurityus.com writes:
Could this be what we might be witnessing to the truth-seekers who dare take on the powers of the royalty who are in power? From the strange car “accident” that took the life of whistleblower Karen Silkwood in 1974 to the Michael Hastings wreck of 2013 and countless other conveniently coincidental deaths in between, could we be witnessing the deliberate purging of those who are desperately seeking the truth?
Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSAHey (redacted names) — the Feds are interviewing my “close friends and associates.” Perhaps if the authorities arrive “BuzzFeed GQ,” er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.
Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit.
All the best, and hope to see you all soon.
And since the technology definitely exists, many alternative researchers and mainstream media alike are asking whether Hastings’ car was “hacked”…
Just in case Snowden ends up “Breitbarted” or “suicided” or even if a drone decides to come out of the sky and blow him to smithereens, his supporters have said that “his files are already out if anything happens to him”. So, I suppose that’s a “good thing”, but it’s very sad that we’re even having to consider the fact that our own government might assassinate it’s own citizens (and for real, this time, not just “saying” they’re gonna do it). As the Daily Beast notes:
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who Snowden first contacted in February, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Snowden “has taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published.” Greenwald added that the people in possession of these files “cannot access them yet because they are highly encrypted and they do not have the passwords.” But, Greenwald said, “if anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives.”
Regardless of whether Snowden is extradited or flat-out murdered by our government, AP president Gary Pruitt notes that whistleblowers will continue to leak documents.
“The Obama administration has made it clear that it will aggressively pursue leakers and whistleblowers. I think there will inevitably be leakers and whistleblowers, however, because there are so many people who have access to classified information.”
Obama’s government has “gone after leakers in a way that no other has”, Pruitt said, adding that the pursuit of whistleblowers has “become a much bigger issue than I believe they thought it would be”.
Global Research reveals more from Pruitt:
“The actions of the DoJ against AP are already having an impact beyond the specifics of this particular case,” Pruitt said. “Some of our longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking to us, even on stories that aren’t about national security.”
“This chilling effect is not just at AP, it’s happening at other news organizations as well,” Pruitt added. “Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me it has intimidated sources from speaking to them. Now, the government may love this. I suspect they do.”
This is not because certain people just hate the U.S. Government and want to see it shut down ; It is because good people do something when they see crimes being committed in their name. They want to right the wrongs, and seek justice for the innocent, and punishment for the guilty.
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