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reply to post by soulwaxer
Wow, I didn't realize his Asylum had an expiration date. I wonder what happens to the old Snowball after his time's up? Off to the next country that's willing to take him in temporarily, in return for his "staggering media presence"?
Furthermore, did you ever wonder.....what's in it for him? I know he claims to be a true patriot, and that he's done what he's done to benefit the people of the US but...give me a break. He literally threw away his freedom and rights to put the spotlight on the NSA. Who would do that without either being threatened, or without some sort of contingency plan? He must've confided in someone in private prior to going public with his information, and had time to formulate an escape plan. I've always wondered: who did Snowden first speak to before going public, and I wonder what sort of advice he was given?
Some people think Snowden could be a fictional character as they think Bin Laden (is) (was).
snow = white
den = house
I have questioned the Snowden situation based on the fact that it should be no secret that everyone is being spied upon. This type of technology was probably starting in the 1980's or earlier. With this Snowden revelation, we also have learned how corporations are collecting data to affect our lives. What is not being said is that the Chinese and other governments are always trying to find ways to hack into our government and corporations data. By having Snowden report on NSA abilities, light has been shined on the abilities of other entities. Thus, this will become a wake-up call to improve our nation and corporate security. Mark my words, we will be paying for increased security measures for both our nation and our corporate's security.
Another situation that plays into this situation is the current Target scandal in the US. Again both consumers and governments are going to need to be more mindful of the threats that cyber espionage and cyper terrorism.
I don't think there's necessarily anything odd about the Snowden situation. It's unclear why his asylum in Russia is only for one year, but - despite the end of the Cold War - Russia is still keen to rub the West and particularly America's nose in things when it can. It's just a simply power play really. Plus, he's an excellent intel asset. He'll have been questioned at length countless times.
It is possible that this whole thing is a way of diverting our attention from something bigger. It would have to be real big though. This would mean that the governments of the US and Russia are actually working together on this. Both of our countries worked together to gain power in the past. Both Russia and the US used fear to allow them to build big militarizes. Was this actually the plan? It seems that it could all be a way of the countries to gain unbreakable control over their citizens, controlling them by fear. Sorry for getting off topic.
Good question OP, I'm on the fence about this one.
Like previously stated, he really didn't release anything that those of us who pay attention didn't know or at least assume already...
On that note, the subject was brought up the other night in a conversation with a person whom I feel is not one of us who is 'paying attention'. One of the first things he asked when he greeted me was "So what do you think about this Snowden guy?" He asked, because he knows me well enough to know that I know (or at least that I pay attention to these things). This, coming from a guy who when I mentioned the fact that your cellphone mic and camera can be turned on remotely, looked at me like I had claimed that the tooth-fairy was real. Apparently, the idea has become mainstream and widely accepted that yes, we are indeed being spied-upon.
Could that have been the agenda all along? To (un-officially) put it out there to the uninformed masses and gauge the backlash or lack thereof?
I'm still waiting for the big bombshell that other threads on the subject have delved-into such as the OBL killing hoax and what-not, although I'm sure that his disclosures have already caused quite a bit of damage to our foreign relations.
Yes, something is odd about the whole thing. Finding the truth in the tangled-web that our intelligence agencies are so proficient at weaving could prove to be impossible.