Edward Snowden Finally Proves Once and For All What a Narcissistic Traitor He Really Is

edward-snowdenEven if some of the information Edward Snowden has leaked was important for the American people to know, in my opinion he’s still a traitor to his country.

He illegally stole a ton of information, fled the country, then released that intelligence information to the world.

And don’t give me this whole “he’s a patriot standing up for the Constitutional rights of Americans” nonsense.  He also leaked information about how our government has spied on other countries.  How we gather intel on other nations has nothing to do with the “Constitutional rights of Americans.”

Hell, he gave an interview with the South China Morning Post where he revealed that the NSA routinely hacks computers in China and Hong Kong.  Again, the NSA doing that has nothing to do with “domestic” abuse by the agency.

But even when I see this guy talk, I just don’t see a “patriot” – I see a narcissist and a traitor who clearly has his own agenda.

Though the final straw for me was his recent comments during an NBC interview where he said it’s the fault of the United States that he’s stuck in Russia.

Snowden said, “The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia.  I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in the Moscow airport.”

Oh, I’m sorry.  Did he not expect the government to pull his passport after finding out that he had illegally stolen classified information from the NSA?

So it’s not his actions that have landed him stuck in Russia, it’s the United States for not allowing him an easy escape route to some Latin American country that might promise not to hand him over to the United States government.

Wait a minute.  Didn’t he recently say that he was a “spy” for the NSA?  You know, someone who took on an alias and fake jobs to gather intel.  So he was trained as a spy, but couldn’t manage to piece together a travel plan to get him wherever he had planned to go before his passport was pulled?

Now I wasn’t “trained by the NSA as a spy,” but common sense would tell me that if I was going to steal classified information from the NSA and leak it to the press – I would make sure I was already where I had planned to hide before any of this came out.  And I would think someone trained to be a spy, as Snowden claims that he was, would have probably been able to not get themselves “stranded” in Russia.

Speaking of him being in Russia, no one can convince me that he’s not given any information to the Russian government.

Oh, but yes, he’s a “patriot.”  Hell, just ask him.  During his NBC interview he literally called himself a patriot.  Who does that?  That would be like a firefighter, police officer or Navy Seal calling themselves a hero.  Not that I’m comparing him to those people, I’m just stating that a real patriot wouldn’t refer to themselves as one.  Not unless they had a really massive ego.

But the more I hear Snowden speak, the more of a self-absorbed narcissist that he seems to be.  Calling himself a patriot was bad enough, but claiming that the only reason he’s stuck in Russia is because the United States pulled his passport is absurd.

What did he (a trained spy) expect them to do?  

Again, I’ve not been trained as a spy or anything, but even I would assume that if the United States is made aware of a fugitive trying to escape the country internationally, the first thing they’re probably going to do is revoke their passport.

While I don’t deny that some of the information Snowden brought to light has been important, that “good” is largely overshadowed by someone who seems to be more interested in fame, feeding his own ego and trying everything he can to avoid facing the consequences for his actions.

And for those trying to compare Snowden to Daniel Ellsberg, just stop.  Ellsberg released the information he thought the public needed to know, stayed in the country and let truth and justice determine his fate as a real patriot.

Edward Snowden ran like a coward.  First trying to hide in China, then ultimately ending up in Russia.  Now he’s admitted that he had planned to flee to Cuba and possibly another Latin American country hoping to escape extradition back to the United States where he would have to answer for his crimes.

And throughout all of this he’s never placed any of the blame on himself – just on everyone else.

Just like a true self-absorbed narcissist would.


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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  • shoogle

    I’d like to see this level of discussion and concern about the NSA and it’s activities. Until then, we have a scapegoat.

    • strayaway

      I noticed that there was no criticism of Obama appointee James Clapper lying to Congress. Were it not for Snowden, we might have been forced to accept Clapper’s word. It’s odd that progressivism has lined up with the police state to the extent it has with notable exceptions. This article must be a harbinger of a new McCarthyism. I’m waiting for someone to come along and say, “if you aren’t doing something wrong, why should you care if the government is reading your emails, keeping track of your posts and Google searches, and reading this?” Meanwhile, Congress does nothing to punish Clapper for lying to Congress. If the President can pick and choose which laws he follows and disregards and the head of an agency lies to Congress, it makes it more difficult to explain why Snowden should also be constrained by laws.

  • Terry Evdokimoff

    Thank you, Allen Clifton. I have been saying this all along. I also feel that if someone had the time to follow the money, they may discover that he was a “plant.” Booz Harmon (sp?) is owned by Bain Capital. Just keep moving up and look at who is on the Board of Directors, etc.

    • MMccloo

      Booz Allen is not owned by Bain, sorry. It’s the Carlyle group. Maybe “booz harmon” is, idk?

  • felipe63

    Bullshit. You just don’t like that he has embarrassed the Obama administration. Had he done this under an R administration you would be jumping up & down proclaiming a true patriot and hero.

    I hate the ‘it’s okay if my guy does it attitude’ and dems/progressive/lefties suffer from that disconnect at the same rate as wing nuts.

    Remember he only came forward when James Clapper told a bald face lie to the senate, the body that is supposed to oversee his agencies actions and a criminal act. Where is the piece on how Obama allows criminals to retain their positions in his administration?

    The selective outrage here is as blatantly biased as anything airing on Faux News……

    • Melania Gulley

      oh please, a spade is a spade no matter which idiots he voted into office

      • felipe63

        what does how he voted have to do with anything? i’m talking about how the people who are labeling him a traitor voted……..

    • Jared

      He is a patriot, end of story. If you don’t agree then you are siding with the state. the state that thinks it is okay to spy on your every move and action.

      • Bine646

        Patriots dont flee the states for Russia, they stay n fight.

      • Dan Bowman

        Yes, that would be one fair fight!

      • Nicole

        Yes because as he saw things went so well for the PATRIOT CHELSEA MANNING!!

      • Bine646

        You need to look up the definition of a patriot

  • seashellz51

    Sorry Dude, I totally disagree with you. He did the right thing after having no other recourse, unless you are okay with the NSA collecting info on all of us. *waves to the NSA*

    • Bine646

      Why did he stay in the states w the people he was trying to protect? Instead he fled

      • Yawner

        Because he didn’t want to be treated like Bradley (Chelsea) Manning was after he stepped forward. The US used to treat whistleblowers a lot better in the days of Daniel Ellsberg. Now they they strip them naked and lock them in solitary confinement for months on end. I can’t blame Snowden for running considering the US Gov’t’s new found affinity for torture.

      • Alan Mortensen

        Not to mention their lax attitude toward due process and a timely trial as well.

      • Bine646

        Maybe you should steal classified information and release it to the enemies. Lengthy trial stinks huh, well acouple decades ago he’d be hung or shot

      • AuntieDawna

        Aloha, They say only one person has been officially shot for treason…in the US…

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        NOT ONE SINGLE DEPARTMENT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS PRODUCED ONE SINGLE CASE OF ANYONE HAVING BEEN HURT OR KILLED AS A RESULT OF HIS DISCLOSURES AND EXPOSING THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF U. S. CITIZENS. BTW ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE CITIZENS OF THE U.S.A. ARE THE ENEMIES??????

      • Bine646

        Then dont steal secrets and release them too the world. You wanna whistleblow something happening to americans, say it to us. Dont run to Russia and tell the world how we are spying on them. Every modern nation is collecting data, youd have to be ignorant to think otherwise. Did he change anything us? No, good work snowden, what a patriot….

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        YOU HAVE TO BE A REPUBLICAN TO BE SO MISINFORMED. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT YOU GET YOUR NEWS FROM “FOX-NOT-THE-NEWS-NETWORK”

      • Fabj

        Watch the interview. Then you will know.

      • Fabj

        It is on record (proof which has been identified) that he went to higher ups. Emails and repeated meetings.. He was told to keep quiet. His peers even told him he should shut his mouth.

      • Bine646

        He took the job, he went thru the training to be a “spy” n he signed the contracts to keep his mouth shut. What exactly did he think he was getting paid to do?

        He is as much of a patriot as benedict arnold

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        AGAIN YOU SPOUT THE REPUBLICAN TALKING POINTS WITH NO FACTS TO BACK THEM UP. I HAVE “TOP SECRET” CLEARANCE AND YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. HE WAS NOT TRAINED AS A SPY, HE WAS A TECHNICIAN. HE DID NOT SIGN ANY AGREEMENT, NO ONE DOES. WHEN YOU APPLY FOR CLEARANCE YOU FILL OUT FORMS PROVIDING ALL OF THE INFORMATION REQUESTED AND THEN THE INFORMATION IS VERIFIED BY THE F.B.I. IF YOU RECEIVE CLEARANCE AFTER YOU ARE INVESTIGATED THAT IS THE END OF THE DISCUSSION. .

      • Bine646

        easy with the caps bro- snowden just said he was trained as a spy. maybe you need to do alittle research

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        JUST BECAUSE HE SAID HE HAD TRAINING I WILL ASSURE YOU IT WAS NOT SPY TRAINING.

      • LeijaChan

        I love you!

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        BECAUSE IN THE U.S.A. WE DO NOT HAVE A JUSTICE SYSTEM CAPABLE OF PROVIDING EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL.

      • Bine646

        they give guys who have been retired since 1996 top secret clearance huh? as they sit he an monitor what you are typing on these message boards? hmmmmm

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        YOU RETAIN YOUR SECURITY CLEARANCE UNTIL IT IS YANKED.

      • Bine646

        You are also retaining your caps- weird

  • Lydia

    I’m finding I disagree more and more with this page. I think I speak for a lot of folks when I say I’ll probably be unfollowing you soon. And I’m a liberal.

    • modera8

      And people care because why? Narcissistic much?

      • Ed

        strong parr

    • Grannysmovin

      Well it does give a different perspective for you and the many people who share your point of view, but just don’t come to the site any more if you don’t agree. I don’t agree 100% of the time. I don’t consider Snowden a hero but rather a thief, sorry just my opinion.

    • Robert McKinney

      And I’m a liberal. And Snowden is a traitor. Every nation (and every major corporation) collects intelligence on other countries as a matter of course. NSA is particularly good at it. Although I’m a little concerned about the amount of data they collected on Americans, after a little reading, I realized that the data in question is not really an infringement on our Constitutional rights. It wasn’t personal, they didn’t listen to our conversations or tap our phones. No American was personally identified unless there was a connection to terrorist groups overseas. But Snowden’s damage to the U.S. goes much deeper than NSA keeping a database of phone numbers. He downloaded training manuals along with current and past intelligence reports. He was not trained as a spy. He seems to believe that using an alias while travelling overseas on Agency business qualifies as “training.” Snowden has done more damage to the United States that al Qaida has ever managed, and the damage will keep building until he is captured and the stolen files (if there are any left that haven’t been given to the Russians) are recovered.

      • Charles Vincent

        Wow how much koolaide have you imbibed?

      • Nicole

        “not really an infringement on our Constitutional rights,….No American was personally identified unless there was a connection to terrorist groups”!! How do they make that connection to do the identifying w/o infringing upon our rights? In the U.S. you get the warrant then the evidence from our personal spaces, not first the intrusion then the warrant! That warrant is to be filled out w/ name & accusation before the evidence is gathered NOT AFTER!

      • Robert McKinney

        And here is exactly where Snowden did the damage. They can in fact make the connection without personally identifying the caller. The identification is the last step. How they do that is the result of years of technical research and development. It’s the “how” that the Russians and others have been wanting, and now they have it. It is really amazing to watch the system work. Analyzing millions, possibly billions, of numbers dialed and spotting the one bad guy in all that clutter. When they’ve spotted him, then the ID is made and it’s turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency, or possibly investigated further. What Snowden gave away was the “how” and that is where the damage was done.

      • Kenneth Browning

        Is it that hard to understand? To gather evidence, by say a wire tap (and what they’re doing is no different,) they must have a warrant first. Just like they can’t come in your house, look for illegal contraband and then go get a warrant. That’s not how it works.

      • Robert McKinney

        No, that is not how it works. What NSA did was equivalent to a bottled-water company tracking sales at each of the stores that carry its product. How many, what day, what time of day are all useful bits of information that do not require asking “who”? Cookie trackers are much more intrusive.

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        PROVIDE ME YOU SECURITY CLEARANCE NUMBER SO I CAN VERIFY IF YOU ARE JUST STUPID OR IF YOU ARE BEING PAID BY NASA TO COVER UP FOR THEM.

      • Robert McKinney

        I did (TS-C) and, if you do, you know that there is no way that information is going on this page. And could you lighten up on the caps?

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        SIR YOU CARRY YOUR SECURITY CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. YOU HAVE A SECURITY NUMBER AND YOU HAVE ONE OF SEVERAL OTHER MEANS OF IDENTITY, FINGER PRINT, CORNEAL SCAN OF SECURITY PASS-CODE NUMBER.

        THEREFORE; YOUR SECURITY CLEARANCE CODE NUMBER IS NOT CLASSIFIED.

        AND AS TO THE CAPS, NO I WILL NOT LIGHTEN UP
        BECAUSE I HAVE A MUCH HIGHER PAY SCALE AND GRADE THAN YOU DO.

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        KENNETH THE PROBLEM IS THAT THEY DID TECHNICALLY HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT FROM A SECRET COURT THE FISA COURT. WHICH NO AVERAGE CITIZEN KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT. IT WAS NOT PROVIDED FOR IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND IT IS APPOINTED BY THE SUPREME COURTS CHIEF JUSTICE AND HAS NO OVERSIGHT AT ALL.

        THEREFORE; IT IS AN ILLEGAL COURT AND THE WARRANTS ARE ILLEGAL.

        THE REAL PROBLEM ORIGINATED WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHEN THEY WROTE THE VARIOUS ACTS TO PROVIDE FOR SECURITY AND THEY CHOOSE TO VIOLATE THE U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS.

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        AGAIN SIR YOU MAKE AN ACCUSATION THAT YOU CANNOT PROVE THAT HE GAVE THE RUSSIANS OR CHINA SOMETHING THAT THEY DID NOT ALREADY HAVE.

        BESIDES I HAVE READ WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN AND I WILL CALL YOU A LIAR AND I HAVE TOP SECRET CLEARANCE AND YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT.

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        ROBERT LIKE THE OTHER GUY YOU ARE TOTALLY MISINFORMED THE HEAD OF NSA FINALLY ADMITTED TO THE INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE, UNDER OATH,THAT THEY DID LISTEN TO TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS. WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW DEGREE? THEY VIOLATED DUE PROCESS, THEY VIOLATED PRIVACY, EVERY COMMUNICATION IS IDENTIFIED AND CAN BE TRACED BACK TO AN INDIVIDUAL, YOU ARE ALSO WRONG BECAUSE EVERY TYPE OF COMMUNICATION WAS TAPPED. TELEPHONE, COMPUTER, I-PAD, NOTEBOOKS, IF YOU USE IT TO COMMUNICATE IT WAS MONITORED.

        THEY ONLY DAMAGED THAT WAS DONE TO THE UNITED STATES WAS TO EXPOSE TO THE WORLD WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES WE ARE AND HAVE IN CHARGE. WE LACK HONOR, WE LACK MORALITY, WE LACK INTEGRITY, WE LACK HONESTY WE HAVE LIED TO AND SPIED ON EVERY COUNTRY THAT IS OUR FRIEND AND ALLY. WE HAVE DONE THE SAME TO EVERY COUNTRY THAT IS CLASSIFIED AND ENEMY. WHY SHOULD ANYONE TRUST A LIAR?????

    • Charles Vincent

      You are apparently not alone in that assessment.

    • Nicole

      Totally agree Lydia!

  • Jared

    I don’t give a fuck how much of a narcissist this man is, what he revealed was already known but completely confirmed. 100% patriotic hero who stands with freedom and privacy.

    Since when do opinions get passed off as articles? Not to mention this looks like a kid from high-school wrote it lol.

    • modera8

      Opinions get passed off as articles all the time. Read much? Apparently you don’t write a whole lot or you’d know that high school doesn’t have a hyphen and that “lol” is an expression that no one but 14 year old girls should use and expect to be taken seriously. Write us when you graduate from high school.

      • Wade

        Now that was kind-of funny.

      • biogalpal

        Most/all JOURNALISM has fallen by the wayside and become “Editorials &/or Opinion” since the removal of THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. Do your own research to see “who ended”, then pass it on. I am old enough to remember a time when you could rely on professional journalism to obtain truthful information……..

    • Starr Johnson

      If one of those nations had gotten pissed and attacked us I bet you would be singing a whole different tune about your hero. To me he is a traitor who decided that his country meant less to him than his own skin, hence why he fled and started trying to incite anger at America. But please, feel free to keep deluding yourself that he cared and that is why he did it. Also I was just wondering if you realized that Fox news actually sued for the right to lie to you, the public? So opinion is about all your getting on some news outlets.

    • biogalpal

      EVERYTHING is an EDITORIAL these days………..been so since the end of THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE.

  • Rick Rudge

    “How WE gather information?” Ah, no. I’m not gathering any information about any other people. That’s our government, Google, Facebook, and others doing that stuff, thank you. Don’t put me in the same category with the NSA, who frankly, don’t mind at all lying to us about what sort of information they’re taking from our phone calls, texts, e-mails, etc. Snowden made himself a fugitive by simply coming out with the truth. He didn’t out any agents or put anybody in danger, but simply told us what our own government wouldn’t tell us. Obviously this article was just meant to drive hits on the Internet for this page, and I’m sure that it’s working for you.

  • Dorothy Dill

    Once again I agree with you 100% Mr. Clifton. I also agree there is no way Hong Kong or Russia would have helped Mr. Snowden without something in return. He has too much information that they very much would like to know. My goodness, to them he is the goose with golden eggs and I am sure they took full advantage of that. My only question is, just how much information has he shared with them and how much irreparable harm has he done to America 🙁

    • Ted_Zee_Man

      STOP AND USE YOU MIND AS MORE THAN A HAT RACK. WHAT THEY GAINED WAS THE U.S.A. LOOSING IT’S REPUTATION. THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IGNORANT GROUPS OF PEOPLE HAVING A DISCUSSION I HAVE SEEN SINCE A KKK MEETING OR A REPUBLICAN CONVENTION. TAKE A COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CLASS. SO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT AND HOW IT IS DONE. TAKE A CLASS IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SO YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHTS. DO NOT TALK ABOUT SECURITY CLEARANCES UNLESS YOU HAVE ONE. BE INFORMED BEFORE YOU COMMENT.

      • Dorothy Dill

        Mr. Ted Zee Man you are clearly the one here wearing the hat both literally and figuratively. Furthermore any reputation loss by our great Nation is because of people like you who are eager to tell the world they should disrespect us. And lastly perhaps it is you who should take the computer class so you can learn to STOP YELLING AT EVERYONE.

      • Ted_Zee_Man

        WELL LETS RIP APART YOUR RESPONSE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

        I DO NOT HAVE TO TELL ANYONE TO DISRESPECT US BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT DOES A GREAT JOB OF THAT AND CANNOT SEEM TO BE CAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING ELSE. AND I HAVE A ELECTRONICS DEGREE, A BUSINESS DEGREE AND I HAVE WORKED FOR THE LARGEST AERO-SPACE AND COMPUTER COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. I HAVE A TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE.

        SELF-CENTER PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO THINK THEY KNOW IT ALL ASSUME BECAUSE THEY MAKE UP SOME STUPID LITTLE RULE EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW IT. THEY ASSUME BECAUSE THEY WANT EVERYTHING THEIR WAY, THAT MAKES IT RIGHT AND EVERYONE SHOULD DO WHAT THEY SAY..

        WELL YOUR STUPID LITTLE RULE ABOUT CAPITALS WHICH IS NOT A LAW, A REGULATION, OR A RULE MEANS JACK TO ME.

        I ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO READ TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY. I HAVE GLAUCOMA AND RETINAL DEGENERATION AND HAVE A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM READING YOUR DUMB-ASS SMALL PRINT AND YOUR SMALL MINDED IDEAS.

      • Dorothy Dill

        LOL

  • Robert

    I’m sorry but I respectfully disagree with you.

  • Michael Wayne Clark

    Edward Snowden is a patriot! i disagree with this page.

  • Jeremy Weaver

    Why is it, that Liberals talk about the “global community” and how we as a species are in this “together”, who believe that nationalism is divisive, ethnocentric, or even racist, would go ape shit on Edward Snowden? If Bush were still in Office, he would have been a hero, but instead, he made Barry-O look like an A-hole. What Snowden has proven, is that Barry-O and Dubya are douche-canoes cut from the same tree.

  • EJ

    This website lately has been parroting the government lines…

  • John 6

    And where was this “Hero”, when he was doing this work under the Bush Administration. Seems kinda fishy, he all of the sudden decided to come out, under the Obama Administration…

  • Definitely you make excellent points. Points I brought up when Snowden first appeared on the scene. His history had all the earmarks of another disaffected, alienated, disconnected young man seeking revenge on society.

    Snowden seemed intent on implementing his delusions of grandeur, one way or another. When rebuffed by the military special forces, it seems he did what Timothy McVeigh did after similar circumstances: Went to war over that ego insult with the weapon he had.

  • DaRatBastid

    This site just lost its credibility. Great job!

  • johndwyer

    The word “patriot” has been so abused that it is applied to a type of missile, politicians, a movie star, an act of Congress, and to said firefighters, police officers, and Navy Seals. Mr. Snowden, like so many of us, is not sensitive to the slipperiness of words’ meanings and so applied the word to himself–probably because it seems the opposite of “traitor” which this author, Mr. Clifton, and others so freely stick on him. Mr. Snowden has done a wonderful thing, call it what you will. He has spoken truth to power. So many of us are so fearful of losing our precious jobs and suffering other punishments than unemployment that we cower whenever we are even tempted to speak the truth when we know it will be unpopular or hard for others to accept. I admire him and firmly believe he is a cut above Mr. Obama who leans so heavily on Compromise that he has made it a dirty word. Mr. Snowden is certainly a cut above the rest of us fearful enslaved subjects so brainwashed by propaganda that we cannot see courage when it appears in its naked glory right in front of us.

  • roberthuntercnmi

    This is a whole lot of “you can’t convince me”. Sorry, what he released was far more important than his disclosing to Chinese media what everyone already knows. Any smart person would have run. Did the author miss Manning’s treatment? If he thinks Snowden would have gotten anything close to a “fair trial”, he’s delusional. This reads like a propaganda piece for the government.

  • Bonnie Harris

    100% agreed with your assessment, Allen! Thank you for publishing this one!

    • Bonnie Harris

      To add on: I notice that few Americans are upset about the Corporate collection of our private data….as if the only “bad guy” here is the nsa, and by inference, the Obama Administration….I agree, the nsa (and dea and dhs and…) other govt agencies NEED a severe cut in power and funds, but this Snowden joker’s motives and history were questionable from the start…
      i’ve also noticed that many of the same folks who call Snowden a “hero” had NOTHING to say when govt agencies focused exclusively on spying/undermining Black, Brown and Red political/social/economic justice groups/people….

  • Wes Chester

    “W” His motives are of little interest to me…his disclosures are incredibly important to understanding what is happening in this country through agencies like the NSA. I don’t care if he stumbled upon the facts while doing human sacrifice…the MAN is not the point. The information gathered stolen and robbed from us, which he has now returned, is…

  • arthureray

    Edward Snowden is my hero. I am 72 and remember the story of the book “1984”. What the NSA is doing is violating my constitutional rights. Thank goodness that Edward Snowden let me know about it. I am a solid democrat and donated a lot of money to both of President Obama’s campaigns. I am very disappointed that he has not stopped the NSA. I have quit contributiing to the democratic party until something is done about the NSA. Thank goodness this was not being done when Nixon was President. This is ripe for abuse by the wrong person in the Whitehouse.

    • Charles Vincent

      Unfortunately your eloquent words have fallen on deaf ears sir.

  • Chad Dobbins

    i hope the government hacks into the writers computer and steals all the porn off it…

  • FD Brian

    I always figured that our government was spying, gathering info on us and others. I can’t believe there were people out there who didn’t think that. I guess nobody ever read the Patriot Act.

  • Tamaracboy

    He is NOT arrogant, he is NOT a narcissist since the evidence and FACTS prove him right !

  • Carrie Marie

    I agree. Thank you for being brave enough to voice this unpopular opinion. I feel the exact same way, an I’m sick to death of people calling this man a hero. He’s a traitor and a coward. He no doubt put America’s safety at serious risk by releasing top secret information to other countries. Put him in jail.

  • Anonymous

    This Allen dude is a true nutter.

  • Dennis Lee

    Perhaps Snowden was a flawed person with a tendency towards narcissism and perhaps he violated laws but Clifton is wrong to declare him as a purely traitorous person without the flavor of heroism and patriotism. If you follow the story of the NSA and Justice Department employees and congressional staffers who tried to stop and expose what the NSA was doing for over ten years, you would know that it requires a lot more than trying to stay within the boundaries of the law to effect a stop to the ilegal spying activities of the NSA, the Bush administration and ultimately, the Obama administration. Snowden was familiar with those folks and their attempts at whistle blowing when all other, legal avenues failed them. He saw how the justice department crushed those folks to keep them quiet.
    Don’t make Snowden the story. Our government’s egregious abuses of power is the story here. It will always be the case that someone, some flawed one (because who among us is so perfect?) will have to step up and do the right thing. Fighting against those abuses is what makes me think that Snowden for all his narcissistic, self aggrandizing flaws did the right thing.