Obviously he was aware of the risks before going public.
That's not obvious to me. I got the impression he was reacting (to pressure or threats from NSA/CIA? From Russia?), not simply acting. Watching
what little video there actually is of him since all this, there are little giveaways for me - mannerisms, body language, etc. - that give me the
sense that he is under duress. But I could be wrong - it is just conjecture.
He is high profile and still has rights. He was interviewed by the Guardian recently and is reportedly ''working in IT'' in
Yes, there are all kinds of things "reported" about him. But what is known
? We know he is physically in Russia. At an address? In a comfy
sweet apartment in Moscow? In a prison underground?
Does he really have a "job?" It was alleged to be so (from his lawyer), but unable to be independently verified. We just don't know. Everything
we know about Snowden's actual current situation is controlled. In fact, there is some downright silly and contradictory stuff being "reported"
about his situation and finances. I'm skeptical.
We know his vague location and his message, and that's about it. We know his dad went to visit him in Oct 2013. Snowden's dad has exactly the same
story as his son, speaks well of Russia, and slightly denigrates the USA. (This would also be the result if Snowden were actually under extreme
No, he really doesn't have any rights. Russia lets him live there because he's somehow useful to them. It certainly gives them a "card" in their
game with the USA... Snowden is Russia's "tool" now - if he wasn't always, and that remains to me a viable option.
That's how it seems to me, but I hope I'm wrong.
Russia has more to gain from keeping Snowden alive and yes there could be deals between Snowden and Russia for intel or bargaining for securing
Agreed, except I don't think Snowden's the one driving the bargains.
The US seems to be doing a good job of ruining their own global reputation and didn't need Snowden's input in doing so.
I can't argue with that. The US definitely has problems. But these incidents don't inspire Americans to work on fixing the problems (as difficult
and complicated as that may be). These incidents tend to inspire Americans to completely reject and mistrust their own government, and even inspire
people to subversion.
I don't know - it's all pretty weird, and I can't figure it all out. I have lots of questions and suspicions on this whole Snowden thing, and no