Getting To Know Edward Snowden

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair contributing editor, discusses the magazine’s exclusive interview with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about his motivation for leaking tens of thousands of secret documents. “The Snowden Saga” appears in the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.


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Just brought to the Times readership - a note about criminal Clapper of our U.S. security minders:

Intelligence Chief Issues Limits on Press Contacts
The Obama administration has barred officials at 17 agencies from speaking to journalists about unclassified intelligence-related topics without permission, according to a newly disclosed directive.

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Apr. 22 2014 02:22 PM
DE Teodoru

Much is made of WHAT Snowden exposed and little of WHOM he exposed. The contractor he worked with has a long history as composed of agents of the "military-industrial complex"'s ex-propagandists-- former Leftists turned right-wingers with the AFofL-CIO and then advocated of strategic weapons industries. Their lives turned to minimizing the "End of Cold War Dividend," hence their rabid attack on Bill Clinton and lap-dog status under GW Bush. They constituted publicists for fear mongering, hence a PR agency that was heavily funded by war industries funds. It was in the Bush-->Obama transition that that a PR firm became the essential guts of the NSA. But though latter was a national security Gov agency, Snowden's employer is a for profit corporation, hence the hiring of kids with such a short resumee as Snowden; salaries were to be minimized so profits are maximized. Our blind luck, a kid outraged by Gestalt of what he had access to, went public. But still, the issue is NOT the NSA but how NSA funds are spend as Cold War dividend to the same welfare-cheats that made it big during the Cold War. This Obama has to take blame for. Their incompetence under Bush and their resorting to secrecy and blackmail to cover that up is what Obama promised Bush he would continue if they don't turn on him. So, from Clinton-->Bush-->Obama we have had national security outsourced to the same low level scum, much as the latter outsourced the US garment industry to Communist slave labor states during the Cold War and to slave labor states since its end.

No, they won't do much with your data-- UNLESS THERE'S MONEY IN IT-- but they will corrode your security in service of self-interested profits and other nations to which they have loyalty, having their cake and eating it too at your expense. Snowden was only one more proof of the old saying that you get what you pay for, especially when there's no investment in self-interested loyalty by the people who you pay so little to make your profits so big. A similar thing happened to Pharma industries for which they paid a couple of billions$ in fines because their sales reps were asked to do so much that is illegal for so little pay....finally, when the whistle-blower reward got big enough, they bit the hand that fed them morsels for so much skulduggery. History repeats itself, The corporate cannibals will go the way of Louis XVIth's aristocrats. Snowden is just one of many whistle blowers telling us that corporate greed is killing the nation we are devoting our lives and wealth to preserve for our children. The so-called "Neocons" are more dangerous than were ever any foreign enemies because they exsanguinate our nation and sap our security competence for profit, as proven by 9/11. That's what Snowden realized but failed to articulate to Ms. Ellisson for her article. "Security" in National Security Agency is an illusion because it is undermined for corporate profits as President Eisenhower warned us.

Apr. 22 2014 01:20 PM
val of carroll garden from brooklyn ny

The interviewer didn't ask the obvious question, which Mr. Lopate would've certainly asked: "What was it, a few days ago, that Edward Snowden appeared among those allowed to ask Mr. Putin questions?". The impression was that Snowden allowed himself to be manipulated by Putin's handlers (and his? in the most primitive way.

Apr. 22 2014 12:59 PM
Eric from New Jersey

For anyone who believes Snowden hasn't sold the US out to Russia, I believe there's some prime beachfront property off the coast of Nevada you might want to look into.

Apr. 22 2014 12:56 PM
Joseph Bell from Downtown

NSA activities directed at foreign government and leaders were also exposed by Snowden. Did he object to activities as well and on what grounds?

Apr. 22 2014 12:29 PM
john from office

Mr. Snowden is now Putin's sock puppet. Putin that lover of freedom and liberty.

Apr. 22 2014 12:28 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Edward Snowden is an American hero, we should have a ticker tape parade for him ASAP.

Apr. 22 2014 12:19 PM

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