Snowden’s faith in Obama was rocked

Snowden had ‘faith’ in Obama, but was disappointed

By JENNIFER EPSTEIN — Politico

6/17/13

 Edward Snowden says he decided to release classified information about national security surveillance after President Obama failed to live up to his 2008 campaign promises.

“Obama’s campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes,” Snowden said in a Monday question-and-answer session with readers of The Guardian. “Many Americans felt similarly.”

“Unfortunately,” he continued, “shortly after assuming power, [Obama] closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge.” 

Sounds like that snowball of Snowden’s turned into a boulder, sitting on his shoulder.
And Obama’s ‘campaign blame’ is getting a dose of his own medicine.

16 comments on “Snowden’s faith in Obama was rocked

  1. pepperhawk says:

    Bull, good article and yes, it seems that Snowden is now quite a burden on the King. Who knows when he may release the next bit of info and I’m sure that has the King very worried not knowing what Snowden has on him. Too bad he doesn’t have the info on the King’s background that we would all like to know.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp, he is quite a thorn in the side. Supposedly he has stuff that will devastate the gov. I wish he just had a few records on Zero, It wouldn’t take more than a few mega-bytes. You’d think he would be that smart, I mean since he’s already doing the blackmail schtick anyway. Or even something on Benghazi. You’re right, I guess we have to tune in to the next saga. And Putin must be in stitches….”you mean this guy is asking me for asylum ?????”

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Right, I wish Snowden had the lowdown on the King himself. I don’t think he does because you don’t see the King really all that upset. He would have had him killed by now.

        Oh, Putin is laughing himself sick over this. I kind of get glee over that one and the contempt he has for the King O.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp, you’re probably right, that would be an ace of spades. I don’t know what to think because he says he’ll release it if anything happens to him. So he won’t if it doesn’t? I don’t know where you go from a threat like that? They’ve ruined people for much less than that.

          I hadn’t thought of it but this could draw out other info about Obama that could be out there like records etc. And they have a central point now to take it to. That reporter could be getting a lot of feedback. And isn’t it so ironic that they were investigating Rosen and AP and then this breaks.Obama is acting like he’s powerless for the first time. Its a strange situation getting stranger.

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  2. Can’t say that I trust either of them more than the other: Obama for obvious reasons, and Snowden because he has not behaved in anything close to a trustworthy fashion after he fled the states.

    At this point, it’s like watching a hockey game between two Western Conference teams: I want them BOTH to lose, while suffering season-ending injuries.

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  3. clyde says:

    Well, Eddie boy, you should have thought about that BEFORE you voted twice for the BECS. WE knew what an asshole he is, too bad YOU, and assholes of similar repute, DID NOT.

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    • bullright says:

      Clyde, so true. He’s a real “smart” cookie. (and the cookie usually crumbles)

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Bull,

        I guess what clyde said is true. If Snowden voted for this asshole to begin with then he should not complain. On the other hand, Snowden has let the rest of us know how much we are being tracked. Every story has 2 sides I suppose.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp, yea he managed to play both sides better than even Obama in his campaign. So it is a little hard to trust him too. But/and apparently politics plays some role in his mind.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp, yea he has done some good. But it also reminds me of Obama, you get the token of good, or believed good, and then wham the rest hits you in the face. I can’t figure if he’s marketing the info or just using it for however he can. If his motives were totally innocent I would have thought it would be clear by now. I can see how people can differ about him being a hero or villain. Maybe a little of both, from what I can tell.

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          • pepperhawk says:

            Bull, I don’t know what I think of him anymore. In fact I no longer even care what he does or if he gets dragged back here. It’s nothing more than another distraction and took off the real scandals that rocked the King. Now we don’t hear one thing about Benghazi, the IRS, Holder’s perjury, Clapper’s perjury. It’s all melted into the background of these stories. Maybe Snowden and the King were working together on this. After all the biggest leaker and giver of our security secrets comes from Obama himself.

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    • pepperhawk says:

      I just finished reading that link. Chilling indeed. Good grief, we have no privacy at all left in our private lives.

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      • bullright says:

        Pepp, so all that encryption or privacy people thought was there seems null and void. 4th amendment is repealed. MS and others gave them the keys to encryption. Nothing is out of their reach. If they did that to press, imagine what they can do to us.

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        • pepperhawk says:

          Bull, the 4th Amendment is null and void in our country now. We no longer have that protection.
          And to think of what “they” could do us is a very chilling thought indeed.

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