operation snowden

fascinating true-to-life political drama.  the whole world is snowden’s stage, even if we don’t know exactly where he is.  and who to believe.  meanwhile the wired world is on edge. privacy is no small matter.

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras

Edward Snowden, NSA files source: ‘If they want to get you, in time they will’ by Ewen MacAskill

My creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be … by Naomi Wolf (Notes)

My creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be … (updated) by Naomi Wolf

Obama’s Infatuation with the Espionage Act by Bill Simpich

Wonkbook: Does Edward Snowden even exist? by Ezra Klein and Evan Solta

The NSA’s Intelligence-Industrial Complex by Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson

Greenwald Blasts Critics Who Claim He ‘Aided And Abetted’ Snowden: ‘I Call That Investigative Journalism’ by Matt Wilstein

Hide and leak: Where is Edward Snowden?



  1. manuel buencamino


    Here is another great article on Snowden. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/26/why-the-ruling-class-is-so-upset-about-edward-snowden

    “The entirety of the ruling elite and the journalistic establishment are keen on defending the programs Snowden has exposed; keen on punishing him for his whistle-blowing; determined to vilify him as a punk, narcissist, egoist, attention-hungry ne’er-do-well (anything but a thoughtful man who made a moral choice that has enlightened people about the character of the U.S. government)”

    • “enlightened people about the character of the U.S. government”, a government that will defend its people to the best of its ability.

      I grasp where privacy-critics of the data-traps and e-mail snoopings are coming from, because at the core, the security agencies do gather our private call patterns or content of our overseas e-mails. What I don’t comprehend is (1) how this is any different than the patterns that Google draws that allows them to target us with ads that are likely to attract our attention, or (2) how the critics would defend the nation against terrorists.

      Beyond that, I personally think Snowden is an egotistical creep with a Christ complex and little regard for whom he hurts. But that’s just me . . . :)

  2. manuel buencamino

    By the way, the analysis by Wilsons is excellent. It focuses on the right subject instead of being distracted by Snowden. Spying is the issue not Snowden.

      • JoeA :-)]. I like spies stories. It titillates my innocent mind on how big govt apparatus operates on an impregnable mission yet the secret agents become the anti-hero. A complex of reality and fictional political drama.

        • Ah, yes. I like spies, in the main, when they are working FOR the good guys. They have a great deal of courage and imagination. It’s guys like Assange and Snowden who “out” them and cost lives. I enjoyed the movie of The Falcon and the Snow Man. Sean Penn was fantastic.

    • And some would be inclined to ask the editors of The Guardian “if you were responsible for protecting Americans against another 9/11, would you do data traps and foreign e-mail scans or not?”

      You see, to say “no” is to put American lives at risk. To lie to Congress to hide a powerful secret that many WITHOUT THAT HEAVY ACCOUNTABILITY would object to, is simply being pragmatic.

    • It was fascinating reading Ellsberg’s assessment of how Snowden today would not get the same consideration he got (not being jailed). And he supports Snowden.

      But, once again, his view omits the crucial perspective of WHY America is “spying”. Mr. Ellsberg needs to address the question, first, if he headed NSA would he support the phone traps and e-mail scans, or would he do something less than all that could be done to hunt terrorists. Once he has answered that question, he has established the proper context in which to consider the Snowden case.

      Until he addresses that matter, his opinion is irrelevant, because it entirely misses the point.

      Thanks for the article.