Snowden patriot or patsy?

For those that were quick to call Snowden a hero, freedom fighter and patriotic whistle blower, I did not. I don’t hold it against anyone if they see it differently.

It’s possible he is a Leftist or Marxist rebel too. And his dealing with China press is propelling that possibility. So I reserve those terms for true patriots. He seems to be attracting the same cult following as Manning as well. Given his youth, I’m also skeptical.

Was the info helpful to confirm what most of us had already surmised anyway? Sure, but he comes with some extra baggage. He did expose the lies to the unanswered questions by unelected, bureaucratic elites.

Snowden’s U.S. hacking claim captures Chinese attention

By Jia Lynn Yang, Published: June 13 — Washington Post

HONG KONG —For days the reaction in mainland China to the presence in this city of Edward Snowden, who has confessed to leaking information about secret U.S. surveillance programs, was almost total indifference. Now, with his claim that the U.S. government has been hacking Chinese institutions for years, he has the country’s attention.

His decision to talk about U.S. espionage operations in other countries marked an apparent turn from earlier statements that his primary motive was to expose his government’s abuse of civil liberties. The South China Morning Post said Snowden had showed them “unverified documents” corroborating his claims about U.S. cyberattacks against China and Hong Kong.

Snowden said: “My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system.’’

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/snowdens-us-hacking-claim-captures-chinese-attention/2013/06/13/e8303ffa-d417-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story.html

8 comments on “Snowden patriot or patsy?

  1. clyde says:

    This guy COULD have been a hero, BUT he HAD to open his piechute. Glad he did what he did, but now it looks more like he’s grabbing for that “15 minutes” of fame. THAT could be his LAST go round.

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  2. Davetherave says:

    Great questioned posed in your post Bull. Once again I find myself in total agreement with clyde. I first viewed Snowden as a possible patriot for exposing that gangster out of control gov, but he just couldn’t stop there. Exposing the gov for info grabbing of American citizens without regard to our Fourth Amendment rights I believe was appropriate and needed. We had our suspicions they were up to something illegal, but Snowden provided the need proof. Then he had to run his stupid ass mouth and talk about our surveillance of other countries. That pretty much falls into the treason category IMO.

    He may have been shooting for just 15 minutes of fame, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to end up getting a lot more attention than he bargained. I totally disagree with him giving up our secrets on surveillance of foreign countries (especially a commie country) and believe he should be “gathered up” and prosecuted for treason. Shame he went from possible hero to zero so quickly.

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    • bullright says:

      Dave, he had the support. Without knowing and understanding his motives, I just don’t know. He seemed to step on the wild side. He has a lot of confidence in that system over there. (he’s going to need it) The motives would help, not just the soundbite that I’m an American.

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    • bullright says:

      Dave, I saw an article a few weeks ago how bad the cyber-security hacking problem is just for business and corporate America. It costs a fortune and its tough to control. Government really doesn’t want them taking them on by themselves. And that is just the biz end.Its a branch of gov in China. That was supposed to be a subject in China’s visit before this. There is no equating the two scenarios.

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  3. Hafeez Gusau says:

    Reblogged this on Hafeez Dan Gusau's Blog.

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  4. Doug says:

    Sorry, but don’t believe Snowden did anything wrong. He’s a Patsy, or he’s just what American’s NEED to HEAR!

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    • bullright says:

      Doug, thanks for the comment. Well, that’s fine, it is a message, I’m not willing to make him hero. Many Americans have been aware of most of it. As far as anything wrong, that might be debatable. its not done yet and neither is he. He went from individuals to talking national intelligence.

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