In a day and age where it is very hard to trust the motives of anyone in either political party, one is often left wondering what bit of information about a particular news story is hidden just under the surface, unseen to the casual observing eye and unimagined by the not-so-inquisitive intellect. NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has come forward to criticize perceived undue scrutiny of the agency of individual phone conversations, emails, texts, social media posts, and various other means of electronic communication.
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First of all, who is Edward Snowden? There have been charges from the NPR blogosphere that Snowden was a spy for China. The fact that Snowden fled to Hong Kong certainly does little to dissuade those who believe that this may be the case. Could it really be that this mediocre student with a GED, was working as a CIA operative in Geneva, and was a double agent for China? Little more than rumor suggests that at the moment, but the exodus to Hong Kong does at least raise at a low flying red flag.
In the second place, who is Glenn Greenwald. Is his motivation to be trusted? Greenwald currently writes a column for The Guardian.An article about Snowden appears in The Guardian which printed a caption below his picture that reads in complementary fashion,
‘People like him who do the right thing should be recognised and celebrated instead of being tarred and punished.’
Wikipedia reports that Greenwald has appeared as a ’round table’ guest on ABC’s Sunday morning news show “This Week”, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”, NPR’s “All Things Considered”, as well as numerous times on C-SPAN‘s Washington Journal; Pacifica Radio‘s syndicated series Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman; on Public Radio International‘s To the Point; MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow Show, “Morning Joe“, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Up with Chris Hayes, and Dylan Ratigan‘s “Morning Meeting”; Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume;. Greenwald has been a regular guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show (and was a friend and favorite guest of Hewitt’s frequent guest host, Dean Barnett) and on PBS‘s Bill Moyers Journal.
Where do his politics orginate from? He is admittedly gay and resides in Rio De Janeiro with boyfriend David Michael Miranda, according to The Huffington Post.
He is a dedicated leftist. According to OUT Magazine, in a shouting match with Lawrence O’Donnell on his (O’Donnell’s) MSNBC show, Greenwald made a strong case for what had caused the Democrats to bungle the midterm (2010) elections. O’Donnell seemed to blame progressives; Greenwald made a strong case that it was the Blue Dog Democrats — timid, Republican-imitating centrists — who had doomed the party. On air, Greenwald called O’Donnell’s contentions “absurd,” but that wasn’t enough. Over the next few days, on his popular Salon blog, he attacked both O’Donnell’s demeanor (“adolescent”) and substance (“trite,” “superficial,” and “empirically false”).
Given the current information, the jury is out on both the motives of Snowden and Greenwald. Greenwald is a leftist, and definitely would not be expected to be critical of Barack Obama and his administration. Perhaps his motive is more about weakening the Intelligence gathering capabilities of the United States clandestine agencies. At this point, it all remains a mystery. However, in the mystical world of espionage, information, and propaganda spreading, who really knows what the end game is in a particular incident and who the real players are?
(H/T: You Tube, NPR, The Huffington Post, OUT Magazine, Wikipedia, Glenn Greenwald)