posted on Jan, 28 2014 @ 03:03 PM
I never really pondered the possibility before now, although espionage in general is something I am interested in as a research topic. Obviously you
don't have to be from Russia, or a Russian citizen, to work for their intelligence agencies. In fact, some of the most successful Russian spies have
been American citizens, who had never been to Russia, and who had never talked to Russian intelligence until they were ready to sell state secrets.
That could have happened in this case.
But I will say that history shows us that if the spy was sent from Russia to a foreign country for the sole purpose of gathering secrets and
intelligence, Russia would be more apt to want to get them back, mainly for propaganda purposes. But that was when the Soviet Union was still
together, and things have changed since then.
Obviously if this were the case, Russia would not have wanted him discovered. But I believe that that US intelligence forced his hand, and that may be
why he came out and said this was all some moral crusade. That could be a total lie just to garner public sympathy, when in fact he had been selling
other secrets all along. I am not saying this is for sure, but it is possible.
I don't think he was sent by Russia for the express purpose of being a spy. I would think that he was either approached by a handler, or he contacted
Russian intelligence himself, offering to sell secrets. In today's political sphere Russia would not want to admit such a thing, and this could be
why they acted the way they did when he wanted to go to Russia. They obviously wouldn't have welcomed him as a hero, or admitted that he was a
Russian spy, because of the political implications. The Soviet regime would sometimes do this, but it is rarer today.
Personally here is what I believe. I believe that Snowden was attempting to sell the information that he had, nobody wanted to buy it, and he got
caught. This is when he said that he wanted to expose the corruption of the US government, and that was simply a tactic to hopefully lessen the
backlash. I also think it is possible that some country was interested in purchasing his information, but somehow they realized that Snowden would
soon be caught, and they didn't want to be holding the bag when that happened.