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Putin, Snowden and Ellsberg: Festival of Neo-Soviet Lies

o-DANIEL-ELLSBERG-EDWARD-SNOWDEN-facebookDelighted with the behavior of Edward Snowden in attacking the USA, the minions of Vladimir Putin have taken to claiming like bleating sheep that Snowden is no different from Daniel Ellsberg and therefore should be viewed as a hero and given asylum in Russia.  Since Ellsberg won his case against the US government, they say, Americans could not complain about such an action by Russia.  This absurd bit of neo-Soviet propaganda is extremely bizarre since Vladimir Putin himself, a proud KGB spy, loathes people like Snowden, and his hostility towards Snowden himself is obvious.  But much more important, it is an absolute lie.

Putin’s minions like to point out that the 82-year-old Ellsberg himself has sided with Snowden in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post.

Ellsberg claims that there are “grounds for most countries granting Snowden asylum” but completely ignores the fact that “most countries” certainly have not done so, and in fact the only countries to have even considered the idea are a ragtag group of American enemies.  Ellsberg seems to believe that only he, Snowden and American enemies understand that Snowden is a hero, a laughable and senile notion to say the least.

Ellsberg claims that if Snowden turned himself in and sought to defend himself in court, he would “almost certainly be confined in total isolation” rather than being released on bail as Ellsberg was.  Ellsberg suggests this justifies Snowden’s becoming a fugitive. But Ellsberg then states:  “As Snowden told the Guardian, This country is worth dying for. And, if necessary, going to prison for — for life.”  This incoherent contradiction reveals Ellsberg as a babbling old man, desperate to relive his glory days who cannot but see himself in Snowden (they even bear a physical resemblance).  His credibility vanishes.

With all due respect to soothsayer Ellsberg, “almost certainly” just doesn’t cut it.  Ellsberg proved it is possible to fight the U.S. government and win, and his bizarre claim that America has changed since his time so that this is no longer possible finds no support whatsoever in the facts.  Ellsberg himself admits that a principled whistleblower would have no problem going to jail — or giving his life — for his principles.  That’s exactly what exposes Snowden as a total fraud, and no about of wiggling by the senile Ellsberg can change that.

Putin’s minions hilariously attempt to argue that the world must take Ellsberg’s word as the last one on this subject.  Were that the case, then Putin’s minions would have to take Mikhail Gorbachev’s word as the last one on Putin, and Gorbachev has repeatedly and emphatically denounced Putin.  Of course, they will never do so.  They are hypocrites who will tell any lie they can think of in their furious effort to justify Russia’s neo-Soviet revanchism.

Snowden has turned to China, Russia and Venezuela not because he occupies the moral high ground but because he occupies the depths. Glenn Greenwald, Snowden’s mouthpiece, has openly threatened the USA on his behalf, using anti-American rhetoric that leaves no doubt about Snowden’s true motivations.  Snowden has also been embraced by Julien Assange, who is hiding out in Britain rather than face criminal charges in Sweden.  The notion that Sweden is somehow a force for pro-American evil beggars belief.

And it is this seething contempt for American that makes Snowden the darling of Putin’s minions. Their hallucination, however, that Russia can somehow get away with giving Snowden asylum is bound to explode in their faces. They are kidding themselves.  Just as the entire world viewed Russia’s attack on Georgia in 2008 as naked aggression and refused to recognize Russia’s annexation of Ossetia and Abkhazia, the entire world stands with the USA against Snowden.  The mere fact that Putin’s minions adore him so is more than enough proof to convince a reasonable person that Snowden is evil. If Russia gives asylum, even temporary asylum, to Snowden it will be an act of war upon the United States, and Russia will soon find the consequences of that act unbearable.

Putin himself has already recognized this. He has openly stated he will not allow relations with the USA to be destroyed by Russia’s policy towards Snowden. In this, at least, he seems to have Russia’s best interests at heart. Clearly, his minions do not.

Edward Snowden is a thief who stole data belonging to the U.S. government, and hence to the people of the USA, and then fled the country into the waiting arms of American enemies.  He is being prosecuted by the Obama administration, which has been embraced by the world as the antidote to the Bush regime that favored abandoning civil liberties in exchange for national security.  His defense by America’s most hardened foes shows that this policy is correct.

Snowden had a wide array of legal options available to him should he have wished to challenge U. S. policy on surveillance (it’s worth nothing that, to date, Snowden still has yet to name a single U.S. citizen who has been harmed by this surveillance in any specific way).  Snowden ignored all of these legal options, and chose to become a fugitive thief.  The reasons for his actions are therefore obvious, and the reasons that the lovers of Vladimir Putin have for supporting him just as clear.

7 responses to “Putin, Snowden and Ellsberg: Festival of Neo-Soviet Lies

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  2. Maria Los

    Let us hope he doesn’t end up like Philby, depressed, isolated, and disillusioned. Incidentally, it happens the other way round as well; many Eastern Europeans who moved to North America have had great difficulty coping.

  3. Beetlejuice ⋅

    Edward Snowden exposed to the American people the lies of their rotten government, including spying on two old allies France and Germany. Much like Bradley Manning did and is now imprisoned for. The U.S government clearly behaves no different from Kim’s number one enemy: the Russian government. Snowden and Manning are two real American heroes; a real example for Americans to follow. Free Bradley Manning! Hands off Edward Snowden!

    • dolly538 ⋅

      The U.S. ranks number 21 in democracy, and Russia ranks 122.
      So how can he advance democracy by collaborating with the KGB.

      Nay, the correct course of action is to topple the communists in China and Russia first, and only then nitpick about the established top 25 democracies of the world.

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        dolly538: For one thing the KGB has been gone since 1991 as well as Communism in Russia, please read your history before commenting. Secondly, the Russians are the only ones giving Snowden a platform to speak his mind, a first amendment right which the U.S is so desperate to deprive him of. Snowden advanced democracy by exposing to the American people that they’re being spied on by their own “democracy” as you call it. That being said, how truly different is the White House from the Kremlin? Nobody is going to topple the Communists in China, so get that fantasy out of your head. I don’t care who gives Snowden asylum be it Russia, Cuba, Germany, China, France, or Vulgaria (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); as long as he’s beyond the reach of the U.S claws.

        • dolly538 ⋅

          The name change from KGB to FSB is not important, it is like P Diddy changing to Diddy. The important thing to note is that Russians haven’t changed their values since 1989.

          Snowden claims to fight for freedom, but allies with the least free countries in the world, such as Russia and China. So that makes no sense whatsoever. He is stupid, as evidenced by his move from paradise Hawaii to third world russia.

          • Beetlejuice ⋅

            “The name change from KGB to FSB is not important, it is like P Diddy changing to Diddy.”

            It’s more than just a name change, dear. The USSR is very different from Russia today. Today Russia is a capitalist country ruled by the Russian mafia; a ruling class not merely a bureaucracy. And since 1991 Russia has been an important ally of the USA.

            “Snowden claims to fight for freedom, but allies with the least free countries in the world, such as Russia and China. So that makes no sense whatsoever. He is stupid, as evidenced by his move from paradise Hawaii to third world russia.”

            What is exposing to the American people that they’re being spied on by their rotten government if not a fight for freedom? His “allies” as you call them are protecting him from what in your terms is the best example of democracy on the planet whom are trying to arrest him and throw him in the Guantanamo Bay gulag for the scandal he bravely exposed. He is anything but stupid. Sweetheart, please study, ok?

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