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    sunbro, Patate

    This post places the NSA/Snowden affair in clear historical perspective.  None of Snowdens's disclosures indicate any violation of law.  Furthermore, if Snowden were truly concerned as to civil liberties, then he would have remained in the United States, refrained from public disclosure of information damaging to the United States and served as a "whistle blower" acting through sympathetic elected officials.

    Snowden was clever enough to surreptitiously steal a huge amount of NSA classified data and carry it out of the country without detection.  He delivered it to Glenn Greenwald and select other journalists to dribble-out in a manner designed to maximize embarrassment of the United States.  The entire gambit has the smell of self-promotion, and it is very possible that WikiLeaks, Greenwald etc. led Snowden to a path of self destruction.

    Historically, the Russians and Chinese have proven adept at human intelligence.  While the US relied upon technology for espionage and intelligence, the Russians and Chinese took the more cost-effective approach of using money, sex and blackmail to achieve very good results.  Odds-on that both the Russians and Chinese have Snowden's data.  Now, Snowden is fully compromised, and his destiny is in the hands of Vladimir Putin, a man completely unfettered by any check and balance.

    Regardless of how you feel about the NSA and government eves-dropping, Snowden is a political time bomb for any politician advocating on his behalf.  Progressives, beware because there is much more at-stake.

    By the way, given the likelihood of the Russians holding the NSA data, everybody would be wise to change their passwords and have their credit cards reissued.

    •  So the NSA also stores passwords and credit card (0+ / 0-)

      data? What has become of the United Statement?

      “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

      by 420 forever on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 01:33:44 PM PDT

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