Snowden Emerges to Complain That the U.S. is Threatening Him


He must be getting bored.

Via NBC.

Edward Snowden emerged from his airport hideaway Friday, telling rights groups that he wants temporary asylum in Russia but still hopes to travel to Latin America to avoid prosecution by U.S. authorities.

It was the world’s first glimpse of self-declared leaker, who has been holed up in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23.

He met a small group of human rights campaigners and lawyers at an undisclosed part of the airport at 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) Friday.

Lokshina said Snowden would be making an official request to Russia for temporary asylum…

……Earlier, Snowden released an open letter through the rights groups in which he railed against the U.S., accusing Washington of “threatening behavior.”

Unfortunately, in recent weeks we have witnessed an unlawful campaign by officials in the U.S. government to deny my right to seek and enjoy this asylum under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It’s believed NSA leaker Edward Snowden is holed up inside this hotel at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. NBC’s Jim Maceda reports.

“The scale of threatening behavior is without precedent: never before in history have states conspired to force to the ground a sovereign president’s plane to effect a search for a political refugee,” he added, referring to the grounding of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ jet in Austria last week amid suspicions that the leaker was on board.

What the hell does he expect? Flowers and candy from the NSA?

The more Snowden prattles, the more he comes across as a fucking cry baby.

It’s become all about him instead of the government’s violation of 4th Amendment rights:

……the self-confessed National Security Agency leaker has managed to orchestrate a very different political phenomenon: the biggest bout of anti-Americanism since the Iraq war.

When he first revealed his identity a month ago while in Hong Kong, Mr Snowden used selective disclosures about US global surveillance to rally public opinion in China and Russia. Since then, he has managed to create uproar in Europe with information about the bugging of EU offices and over the past week he has created a new international stir in Latin America.

According to reports this week in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo based on documents provided by the 30-year-old former NSA contractor, the US has been using telecoms infrastructure in Brazil to absorb huge volumes of communications and to spy on governments in the region.

……“I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression,” he said, according to a statement later released by WikiLeaks, which suggested that he ultimately wants to travel to Venezuela.

The Snowden saga has prompted starkly different responses in the US and in the rest of the world. In the US, the revelations have set off a debate about surveillance in the media, but the broader political impact has been muted by Mr Snowden’s flirtations with governments that are viewed as unfriendly to the US, leading some previously sympathetic members of Congress to denounce him.

At the same time, rightwing critics have used the failure to secure his extradition as evidence of the Obama administration’s weak foreign policy. As Eliot Cohen, a former George W Bush administration adviser, said of the president: “Nobody’s afraid of this guy.”

Snowden should have stood his ground instead of running. We would have had more respect for him. As it is, he’s losing support and credibility every time he whines.

Secondly, the world needs to get over the spying shit. They certainly do it to us and each other, so they’re not fooling anyone.

In a thinly-veiled threat, Snowden’s good buddy, Glenn Greenwald, says Snowden has plenty of information that can damage the U.S.:

“Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinian daily La Nacion.

“The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.”

All he’s managed to do so far is repeat what we already know and piss people off.

Snowden insists that he has no desire to publicize information that describes the technical specifications or blueprints for how the NSA has constructed its eavesdropping network.


……For Britain, Mr. Snowden said the British electronic spy service GCHQ operates a program called “Tempora” that vacuums massive amounts of electronic data from around the world that is then sifted for intelligence. The system can hold three days’ worth of data for short periods.
“If you send a data packet and it goes through Great Britain, we will get it,” he said. “If you download something and the server is in Great Britain, we will get it.”

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