Edward Snowdon – Patriot or Traitor?

Ah, the Edward Snowdon affair. We seen a lot of material passing through cyberspace and landing on our computer screens (via Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?Twitter) about Edward. I’m going to run through some tweets I found about Edward that I hope you will find interesting.

The National Journal says, Breathe, People: We Shouldn’t Rush to Judgment About Edward Snowden. “There’s a lot we don’t know about the NSA leaker. Can we wait to flip out until we know more?”

I agree with this, we need to wait until we do know more. But, just for fun, let’s run down some tweets to see what hit my computer screen.

  • The Atlantic tells us that Edward’s $200,000 salary shows us the absurd cost of privatizing National Security Agencygovernment.
  • HuffPost Politics tells us that we have 500,000 people like Edward monitoring national security.

Sidebar: OK let’s, just for fun, assume that we have 500,000 people making $200,000 a year. That comes out to, if I can believe my computer, $100,000,000,000 a year (feel free to correct my math). I’m having a very hard time with this. Is the $200,000 right? I won’t believe it until I see his pay stub. In an update on June 11, Booz Allen has issued an updated press release stating that Edward was paid “a salary at the rate of $122,000.” On top of this, of course, is the Booz Allen’s overhead that the government pays for, assuming that’s around about 35 percent, we pay another $42,000 or so to Booz Allen because they have Edward working for them.

OK, where were we…

  • US Reality Check tells us that Ron Paul thinks Edward Snowden is a Hero. The Libertarian lion praised the leaker who exposed NSA.
  • POLITICO tells us that Speaker John Boehner calls Edward Snowden a ‘traitor’ and said his actions are a “giant violation of the law.”

In a post on Sulia.com written by Anomaly100 we find this: John Boehner said the NSA Surveillance Within Constitutional Bounds. House Speaker John Boehner deemed Edward Snowden, the leaker of secret National Security Agency programs, a “traitor” in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday.

Speaker of the House John BoehnerThe president outlined last week that these were important national security programs to help keep Americans safe,” the Ohio Republican said, adding that this particular program was within constitutional bounds. “The president also outlined that there are appropriate safeguards in place to make sure that … there’s no snooping, if you will, on Americans here at home. But the disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows — our adversaries what our capabilities are.

Sidebar: We got this from John Boehner, the House Speaker, also a Republican. You remember him, he’s the one in the House who is obstructing, cutting and generally making an ass of himself instead of working to benefit our country which, of course, I think is his job as Speaker. So, when we talk about traitors, well….you decide.

Where was I…

Mother Jones tells us that Edward Snowden floated the possibility of taking refuge in Iceland and why that’s probably not going to happen.

Then, The Atlantic asks one important question…Where in the World Is Edward Snowden? The Atlantic tells us that “Edward Snowden is the most sought-after leaker of national security secrets on Earth right now, but it appears that nobody has any idea where he actually is.” It seems that Edward has flown the coop.

In a Sulia.com post, honoluludiva, tells us that Russia Says It Would Consider Asylum For Edward Snowden according to Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.

Snowden fled the United States after leaking information about the NSA’s secret surveillance of phone records and information collected by Internet providers. After revealing his identity to the public, he said that he had sought refuge in Hong Kong, and was hoping “to seek asylum in a country with shared values.

Just some hut...

Image of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, NZ via Alamy.com

As of this writing, we don’t know where Edward is. We think he’s in Hong Kong. Now, someone in Edward’s shoes that wants to blow the lid off a faux-scandal shouldn’t pick a Communist country to hide in, especially THE country that spends a great deal of time and money trying to get into our knickers and steal our military and industrial secrets. If Edward doesn’t appear somewhere soon, then I’d have to guess that the Chinese have him in a mud hut somewhere literally picking his brain. The fact that he went to a Communist country to “expose” the NSA makes him a traitor in my mind. If he truly believed he was correct, ergo a ‘patriot’, he would stand up in this country, not run. Running makes you look guilty, not Patrick Henry-ish.


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