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  •  What do you mean he won't tell us? (1+ / 0-)
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    He's accused of leaking to the Guardian newspaper.  That's the crime he's wanted for.  That doesn't constitute telling us?  And there's no evidence that he's leaked anything to the Russians or the Chinese other than his passing over their soil.  If the Russians have stolen anything from his computer, well, it's just unfortunate I guess that we have tried as hard as we have to keep him in Russia.  There would be less controversy over that if we hadn't been intent on preventing him getting safe passage to a neutral country offering asylum.

    •  What the Guardian printed (2+ / 0-)
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      Quicklund, wdrath

      is a miniscule piece of what he has... there is plenty beyond that

      Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

      by awesumtenor on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 08:12:00 PM PDT

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    •  Snowden (1+ / 0-)
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      Downloaded terabytes of indiscriminate data from NSA servers, and stored them on four laptops in his possession. If this were simply a matter of training slides and some embaressment, the damage would be done and minimized already.

      I've seen some hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're about twenty minutes

      by harrylimelives on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01:18 AM PDT

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      •  On the other hand, the most dangerous (1+ / 0-)
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        and most useful insurance that he could have would be political in nature, perhaps something like a political enemies list, congress people or OWS people being spied on.  Or details of "Family Jewels" type programs like those that the Church Committee outed.  I rather sincerely hope so.

        •  But, we won't know (0+ / 0-)

          Greenwald admitted that Snowden gave him thousands of documents as a sample. Could be anything, because it was random chunk from the Pacific servers. You hope it was domestic, but what if there were case reports from Syrian informants , or Taiwainese dissidents? Diplomatic cables, safehouse locations? South Korean defense capabilities?

          Point is, Snowden has a metric ton of info about god knows what, on unsecure laptops, in nations with capability to extract it.

          I've seen some hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're about twenty minutes

          by harrylimelives on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 08:56:31 AM PDT

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