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.
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