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.
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.’’