Well, sports fans, it seems it's Snowden 1, NSA 0. He's alive and they're in deep trouble. Now I wouldn't feel quite so generous about this, if it
were Snowden testifying in Beijing or Moscow or Havana. However, it isn't any of those places. It's not even an adversarial nation. At least...it's
not a traditional adversary.
I must say though, absolutely no one likes being made a fool of and especially having their most private thoughts and communications recorded,
transcribed and shared between who knows how many people for perspective and, for all a target may know, great amusement.
Angela Merkel doesn't strike me as the most humor filled lady at the best of times. By the look of this story, she lost absolutely any humor she ever
had. Gone. Poof... Out the window, like a lost NSA interception.
Hans-Christian Stroebele, a legislator for the opposition Greens party, told German broadcaster ARD it was clear Snowden "knew a lot" and that
he would share details of their surprise meeting including a letter from Snowden addressed to the German government and chief federal prosecutor on
"He made it clear he knows a lot and that as long as the National Security Agency (NSA) blocks investigations..., he is prepared to come to
Germany and give testimony, but the conditions must be discussed," said Stroebele.
UH OH.... Leaking to newspapers is one thing. Giving formal testimony in criminal investigations? That is 100% different for impact and damage done.
In this case, damage is in the eye of the beholder ..or damaged.
Again, if this were done in other places and other ways? I'd be downright unforgiving in attitude. He's coming as close to the U.S. as he can and
still remain among the living, I'm guessing. The NSA MUST be hunting him and looking for any possible opportunity to 'render' him, or just silence
him. If he's finally decided to do more than leak and actually assist in real action coming out? I wish the man a very long and healthy existence
with all the good luck one guy can handle. The world may come to change on the investigations he assists in there.
Germany's parliament will hold a special session on November 18 to discuss the tapping, and the Greens and far-left Left party have demanded a
public inquiry calling in witnesses including Snowden. Stroebele told him he could give evidence from
There are issues to be settled first, as the article further notes outside what I could quote. not least of which here, is the matter of agreements
with Russia to avoid further harm to the United States in exchange for his continued shelter and support. The question, in my mind anyway, is whether
Putin will extend that to cover formal criminal investigations by other Governments, or not?
So much may come to hinge on whether Snowden participates in this and if so, how much he reveals. It sounds like Germany is just about on the war
path, figuratively speaking, and that's no joke, in my view. They are a leading and primary force in the E.U. as one of it's most stable and solvent
members. If Germany is irate, and to the point of supporting a declared person enemy/traitor (as many in Washington call him), then I'd say the
friendship is on the rocks, as the very best way it can be described.