Edward Snowden Says He’s ‘Very Fortunate’ to be in Russia, Makes Ridiculous Claim About Guantanamo

edward-snowdenI try to avoid talking about Edward Snowden because discussing him with many people, especially his supporters, is like debating guns with gun nuts.

People who support Edward Snowden don’t care what he says or does.  They don’t care that he leaked a lot of classified information that had nothing to do with the Constitutional rights of Americans.  Most of the people who support him think he’s a patriot no matter what facts are presented to them showing that he clearly had ulterior motives or acted recklessly and foolishly.

In fact, I’m predicting now that when this article gets posted to various Facebook pages, most of the people who support him will defend him without even reading the actual article.

His supporters don’t like the NSA and don’t trust our spy agencies, so pretty much no matter what Snowden says or does – he’s a patriot.  I’m sorry, but I don’t consider someone who flees to a country as despicable as Russia to save his own ass, “a patriot.”

Daniel Ellsberg didn’t run.

In fact, when Ellsberg surrendered to authorities he said, “I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision.”  

That is a patriot.

And even though some of what Snowden’s leaks revealed are things the American people needed to know, a lot of his actions are those of an egotistical narcissist who has their own agenda.

But for further proof of what an egomaniac this guy is, look no further than comments he made concerning possible detention at Guantanamo Bay.

“There’s always questions of asylum, you know, where I’m going to stay and how these things work out, but regardless of what happens, if I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that,” Snowden said.

Well, if he can live with that, then why is he in Russia?  And let’s not act like if he turned himself in he’d be shipped off to Guantanamo.

The ego of this guy.  As if he’s some hardened international terrorist they’d ship off to Guantanamo.

He reminds me of that person who took about three karate lessons after watching the Karate Kid, then they go around trying to talk like some amazing martial artist expert on par with Bruce Lee.

He also went on to say, “I think it would be very difficult to find any 12 Americans in the United States right now who would uniformly agree that the last year’s revelations about the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs did not serve the public interest.”  

Which might be true if that’s all he leaked.  But like I said earlier, it wasn’t.  He leaked numerous documents detailing intelligence information that had absolutely nothing to do with our Constitutional rights as Americans. 

Hell, some of the information he leaked had nothing to do with the United States.

But maybe my favorite part is when he said, “We’ve asked the government again and again to provide for a fair trial and they’ve declined and I feel very fortunate to have received asylum.” 

Wait, he’s “very fortunate” to be in Russia? 

So, let me get this straight.  He leaked all this information because he was so appalled at what the NSA was doing, yet he feels fortunate to be in Russia?  The same Russia that just invaded Ukraine and controls what the media reports?  A country with an abysmal human rights record?

Yeah, he’s a real “patriot” alright.  He has such high standards of morality and ethics – that he has no problem allowing a nation like Russia to protect him.

At first I actually supported this guy.  But as time went on, and I looked at a lot of the information he leaked, I quickly saw that Edward Snowden isn’t any patriot.

He’s a traitor, an egomaniac and a coward.

And while I do feel that some of the information he leaked was important to our Constitutional rights, that doesn’t excuse all of his other indiscretions that aren’t the actions of a patriot – but of someone with their own personal agenda.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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