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  •  I Assume This Is Snark (14+ / 0-)

    I mean, anybody with two brain cells understands that "I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture" means "I do not actually know that information", right?

    Or is the diarist suggeting that Snowden also has a superhuman eidetic memory to go with his superhuman pain tolerance?

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 06:28:39 AM PDT

    •  When your source... (8+ / 0-)

      ...for a diagnosis of a whistleblower's "mental health" (see diary tag) is Business Insider, how could you go wrong?

    •  It sounds like Mr Snowden is saying that (2+ / 0-)
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      If these quotes are accurate.

    •  think hacker (0+ / 0-)

      I cannot be tortured into revealing the contents of my hard drive because I'm not a cyborg.

      Seriously, guys.  Think for a moment.

    •  I assumed BI was punked too, then read the (1+ / 0-)
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      Guardian piece. You can read it yourself, don't trust me. Snowden's letter is short, but clear to me, he claims to be protecting the information he took (active voice) and then states that he cannot be coerced, not that he doesn't have the means, into revealing "that information" (that he is protecting).

      If he didn't meant "I don't have control over the information that I took, but I am protecting it." Then I have a hard time parsing that statement into anything sensible.

      •  Well, for instance ... (0+ / 0-)

        (and mind you this is totally off the cuff and thus in no way meant to be a fully developed scheme)

        he could have a machine or a botnet out there somewhere (acquired in some roundabout way so as to avoid him knowing the specific machine/botnet) which scrapes a collection of news sources for reports about him and looks for some specific set of semantic content.  It could be a pretty crude semantic parser and still do the job if the search patterns were crafted carefully.

        “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

        by jrooth on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 08:02:45 AM PDT

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