posted on Jul, 2 2013 @ 11:31 AM
Originally posted by The0nlytruth
reply to post by xuenchen
Agreed, I dont think he is as efficient as the Media and Wikileaks have made him out to be. They say he planned all of this, however I think its more
like a frantic panic for political asylum.
In his original interview, I do believe he either knew or had deep suspicions about what would go on as he said in the below quote:
"You can't come forward against the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk because they are such
powerful adversaries that noone can meaningfully oppose them...The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is
that nothing will change. People will see in the media all of these disclosures and know the lengths that the government is going to grant themselves
powers unilaterally to create greater control over American society and global society."
I think he had hope but, based on his expression and eyes, I don't think he honestly has much hope for himself, personally. He knows more about the
breadth and scope of the surveillance than we do still. Look at the timing of the disclosures. As he's struggling to find asylum in various
countries, with already having a precedence set on how governments would respond, he chose to release the surveillance on the EU leadership. Looking
back on the second portion, it should stand out that he remarked on the use of power to create greater
control over American society and
. If you or I responded to the first confirmation of this level of surveillance with an immediate reflection on what the
intelligence agencies would be privy to, then, as human beings, even those leaders around the globe who were also targeted would also have that moment
of inward reflection. Whereas your or my skeleton in our closet may be a merely embarrassing like that time where you decided to send your loved one
a risque photo (hope you liked it, dudes at the NSA!
) what kind of skeletons or decisions may have been made by a leader of a country that could
be construed to be entirely unsavory? That is probably the greatest issue with the level of surveillance--if you know everybody's dirt, you can
manipulate and exercise powerful control without having to ever fully play your hand. Information is power and, by the timing of his release about EU
surveillance, then he both shot himself in the foot because of that instantaneous reflection and revealed a method of manipulation that would likely
I think he had some hopes but I also think that he knew his life was toast in one way or the other. He's been given offers of asylum but attached
with agreements of silence. He has refused those because he's not done yet. I can't find the source because there are so many articles out there
now but I seem to recall that the disclosures are things that we not only need to know as the public in and of themselves but also part of something
much larger. Not 100% but if somebody else remembers that, chime in. If that's the case, then we're being "educated" by these disclosures so we
can behold a larger issue with the proper context--not unlike learning how to add and subtract is necessary before doing algebra, I suppose. Overall,
if he simply wanted security, he would've taken those offers. He's choosing to continue.