The Snowden-Greenwald Affair

Update below.

While NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has got stuck in the transit area of a Moscow airport for the fourth week, the man who broke his story, Guardian’s blogger Glenn Greenwald, arranges for constant publicity about the material Snowden is apparently in possession of. Remember, the man has asked President Putin for asylum who has exhorted him, with a smirk, not to damage the United States anymore. When Greenwald uses any mainstream media reporting on his own interviews for agitated rectification, he certainly disobliges  Snowden’s case.

His recent interview with the Argentine newspaper La Nacion contains absurd self-important answers to some interesting questions.  When having been asked, “Beyond the revelations about the spying system performance in general, what extra information has Snowden?” he responded,

“Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States. But that’s not his goal. [His] objective is to expose software that people around the world use without knowing what they are exposing themselves without consciously agreeing to surrender their rights to privacy. [He] has a huge number of documents that would be very harmful to the US government if they were made public.” (Emphasis added.)

Or, when asked, “Are you afraid that someone will try to kill him?” he verbosely makes clear,

“It’s a possibility, although [it] do[es] not bring many benefits to anyone at this point. [He has a]lready distributed thousands of documents and made sure that several people around the world have their entire file. If something were to happen, those documents would be made public. This is [his] insurance policy. The U.S. government should be on [their] knees every day praying that nothing happens to Snowden, because if something happens, all information will be revealed and that would be their worst nightmare.”

What a rant. It is blackmailing and it discredits Snowden and his motives. Either Snowden has proof of further NSA’s crimes and wrongdoings, then it should be made public as soon as possible. Or he has not.

So far, his leaks have led to healthy worldwide public awareness of a surveillance state. If discredited by publicity-craving individuals such as Glenn Greenwald, all might be in vain.

14 July 2013 @ 4:47 pm.

Update.

“And big one, and soon.” Glenn Greenwald won’t stop publishing reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks as he has told POLITICO in an interview on Friday, although it seems that Snowden is willing to stop leaking U.S. secrets, as has been requested by Russian president Vladimir Putin who has to undersign Snowden’s application for asylum. So, there will be “big stories” soon.

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