The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald said there’s a lot more information coming in the leaking of classified information by Edward Snowden, who I don’t consider as a whistleblower, but as a leaker. It’s troubling on both sides — when do you cross the line of invading the privacy of Americans and how did Edward Snowden, who had been on the job as a NSA contractor for Booz Allen, get his hands on such sensitive information? I am of the opinion that this man’s mission was to leak information and he didn’t think of an exit strategy at all. Going to a Chinese territory shows he wasn’t really thinking, unless he plans to pass the information on to China.
Glenn Greenwald stated on the Today show that there has been no compromising of national security by the NSA revelations. Really? Is that why Edward Snowden is running for his life? I echo Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) sentiment that Edward Snowden is a “defector” and must be brought to justice. Don’t get me wrong. NSA’s blanket surveillance program is troubling and it should be revisited, but leaking classified information is against the law. Edward Snowden isn’t a hero in my opinion because he broke the law.
“In every single case over the past four to five decades, when there are revelations of wrongdoing that is done in secret, what the strategy of the U.S. government is is to try and come out and scare the American public into saying, ‘these people have jeopardized you, there’s going to be a terrorist attack,’ ” Greenwald said Monday on NBC’s “Today.” “There’s not a single revelation that we’ve provided to the world that even remotely jeopardizes national security.”
It’s ironic that Edward Snowden chose to flee to Hong Kong due to its record of free speech. One problem with that — Hong Kong has a massive surveillance program that allows the government to bug homes and wiretap phones.
Here are five things you should know about Edward Snowden:
1. Donated to Ron Paul’s campaign: Zeke Miller reported that Snowden made two $250 donations to the libertarian presidential candidate’s 2012 campaign. Snowden told The Guardian he voted for a third party in 2008 rather than President Barack Obama.
2. High school drop-out, who grew up in North Carolina. The Guardian‘s story said Snowden never finished his high school coursework and took classes at a community college in Maryland, but did not complete those either. He did obtain a GED later on. Sounds a lot like someone who never finishes what he starts.
3. Served in the U.S. Army for only five months. Edward Snowden told The Guardian he enlisted in 2003 and entered a Special Forces training program but was discharged after breaking both his legs in a training accident.
4. Used the codename Verax, which is Latin for ‘truthteller.’ Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman said Snowden chose the pseudonym for their interactions. He called Barton Gellman BRASSBANNER.
5. Edward Snowden’s whereabouts are currently unknown. He previously said he was staying at a hotel in Hong Kong, but Reuters and USA Today spoke to a hotel in Hong Kong that said Snowden he checked out of his room on Monday.