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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

18 September 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Former NSA and CIA Chief Sees Future of Alcoholism for Snowden

00 If He Calls You Names It's a Compliment. 18.09.13

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Editor’s Foreword:

I knew that the Amerikantsy believed their own propaganda and think overly highly of themselves, but this is over the top even for them. Read on…

BMD

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Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said that he envisioned a grim future of boredom and alcoholism for fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, now in Russia. The Washington Post quoted Hayden as saying in response to a question about Snowden at a discussion forum held in a church across from the White House earlier this week, “I suspect he will end up like most of the rest of the defectors who went to the old Soviet Union… isolated, bored, lonely, depressed, and most of them ended up alcoholics”. Hayden, now a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy co-founded by former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, described Snowden as “a troubled young man… morally arrogant to a tremendous degree, but a troubled young man”. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who helped to get temporary asylum status for Snowden, said that Snowden, a computer specialist and former NSA employee, currently resides anonymously in Russia, going for walks and travelling without being recognised. Earlier this summer, Snowden was the focus of international attention after he leaked classified information about widespread US government surveillance programmes to the media. He fled to Hong Kong, and, then, to Russia, where he received asylum in July after spending weeks in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport.

18 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/world/20130918/183535169/Former-NSA-CIA-Chief-Hayden-Sees-Future-of-Alcoholism-for-Snowden—Report.html

Editor’s Afterword:

God, Snowden’s gotten their goat but good. This is “sour grapes” of the choicest vintage. Russian reports have it that Eddie’s moving freely and that he’s not bored or despondent… quite the contrary. Chertoff was a brutal and conscienceless consigliere for the Bush junta; he wrote the legal justification for torture and other such pleasantries in the so-called “War on Terror”. That’s the kind of person that Hayden works for… shitbirds of a feather flock together, y’ know, and “like does call unto like”. I’d say that if Hayden maligns you, it’s a compliment of the highest order. After all, he’s saying that Eddie’s not like him (or Chertoff)… and that’s a GOOD thing, kids. If the goodthinkers call you “disordered”, then, it probably means that you’re courageous and well-centred. Hayden’s a career spook, y’ gotta remember… he was the initiator of the lawless surveillance programme exposed by Snowden (that is, he DEFENDS government spying on the people). Methinks that the schmidiot was just “hoist by his own petard”… and he doesn’t realise it. It tells you about the intelligence level of Republicans (do note how Republicans defend torture, spying on ordinary folks, murder by drone, and kidnapping abroad)…

One last thing… as for “morally arrogant”, I don’t think that a former Langley operative has the high ground on that. After all, remember Ecumenical Patriarch Maximos Vaportzis (he was a SOCIALISToh, the humanity!)… Langley did topple him in a coup, after all…

BMD

 

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

21 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Russian Asylum for Snowden?

00 Sergei Yolkin. Russian Asylum for Snowden. 2013

Russian Asylum for Snowden?

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The motif of this caricature comes from an old Russian folktale, Теремок (Teremok: The Mansion). Click here to read it. It’s as well-known in Russia as Goldilocks and Three Bears is in the Anglosphere. That is, any Russian would grasp the visual reference immediately. It’s been made into a multifilm on multiple occasions, the most famous and most-well-loved version came out in 1971 (click here for YouTube post). It was also released in different versions in 1937, 1945, and 1995 (click here for YouTube post). Yolkin seems to imply that Snowden’s more trouble than he’s worth… just as the Bear is in the folktale… just sayin’…

By the way, the word “Russian” in the title is Российское (Rossiskoye), which refers to the sovereign state of Russia, NOT the Russian nation (народ: narod).

BMD

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Sergei Yolkin takes a wry look at Edward Snowden’s request to the Russian authorities to grant him temporary asylum.

15 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130715/949841394.html

 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Shocking Revelations by Snowden to Go Public Soon

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Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian and close associate of whistleblower and intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said that, in the near future, new details of top-secret American mass surveillance programmes would go public. He told German public broadcaster ARD in Rio de Janeiro on a Thursday night live broadcast, “I’m sure that the new revelations, which are to be made soon, will be even more shocking than the previous ones”. According to another German TV outlet, N-24, previously, Snowden handed about 9-10,000 top-secret documents to Greenwald and a Der Spiegel reporter. N-24 reported that Greenwald and Snowden keep in touch through encrypted web-based chats. Meanwhile, a source at American publishing imprint Metropolitan Books told the Guardian that Greenwald would publish a book about Snowden’s exposure of mass public surveillance by the US government. Editor Sara Bershtel said that the book includes “new revelations exposing the extraordinary co-operation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s programme, both domestically and abroad”. She said that the book is due out in the USA in March 2014.

In spring 2013 Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for the NSA, leaked secret information on American and British government mass surveillance programmes to the press, primarily to Glenn Greenwald, of London‘s The Guardian. These disclosures rank amongst the most significant security breaches in US history. The US government revoked Snowden’s passport; he’s been in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since 23 June. On 16 July, Snowden filed an application for temporary asylum in Russia.

19 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service  

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_19/New-shocking-revelations-by-Snowden-to-be-published-soon-4634/

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Putin Blasts USA for Intimidation in Snowden Asylum Saga

00 Luo Jie. Statue of Liberty. 2013

Statue of Liberty?

Luo Jie

2013

China Daily

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On Monday, President Vladimir Putin said US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of a Moscow airport because Washington had “blocked” him there by intimidating countries that were ready to grant him asylum, saying in St Petersburg, “He arrived on our territory without an invitation. He wasn’t flying to us. He was on a transit flight to other countries; the USA intimidated other countries, [so that] nobody wants him. That’s how [the Americans] blocked him on our territory. Some gift for us”.

Snowden, who publicised details of extensive US government surveillance programmes allegedly targeting European dignitaries as well as millions of American citizens, arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on 23 June. Since then, he’s remained in geopolitical limbo in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport, trying to find a country to grant him asylum. On Monday, Putin added that Russia wouldn’t give permanent asylum to Snowden because he refused to stop a “fight for human rights” that may strain Moscow’s ties with Washington. Putin cited Snowden as saying, “I want my work to go on. I want to fight for human rights. I think the USA is breaking certain legal standards, international [rules], and is intruding into private lives. My aim for now is to fight it”. According to Putin, the Russian side replied, “Go on without us, we have [other] things to fight for”.

Earlier, Putin said that Moscow wouldn’t extradite Snowden to the USA, where he could face the death penalty. However, on the other hand, the Kremlin tried to keep its distance from the case, emphasising that it’s a human rights issue. Last Friday, at a meeting with human rights activists in the transit area, Snowden announced his intention to apply for political asylum in Russia, adding that he was ready to comply with Moscow’s conditions, including not causing harm to the USA. The White House immediately criticised Russia for providing a “propaganda platform” for Snowden’s announcement. Last month, Putin said Moscow would consider granting Snowden asylum under the condition that he stop his work aimed at “damaging our American partners”, an option Snowden initially rejected, but apparently accepted after failing to secure safe passage to the Latin American countries that’d offered him asylum… Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

15 July 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130715/182250881/Putin-Blasts-US-for-Intimidation-in-Snowden-Asylum-Saga.html

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