Edward Snowden, Russian Spy!

Not one but two leading figures in the U.S. Congress intelligence establishment have revealed that confidential information leads them to believe Edward Snowden acted with Russian assistance in stealing U.S. security information. Over on the mighty Pajamas Media blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld has all the details, as well as commentary on Putin’s recent interview by ABC News.

Annals of Neo-Soviet Hypocrisy in Putin’s Russia

The latest barrage of propaganda from Vladimir Putin’s neo-Soviet dictatorship posits that Boris Kuznetsov and Oleg Kalugin are just like Edward Snowden, so Russia is perfectly justified in offering asylum to Snowden as long as the U.S. offers it to Kuznetsov and Kalugin.

Like most of what emanates from the Putin Kremlin, this claim is absolute nonsense.

Kuznetsov was a lawyer who revealed during the trial of his client in Moscow that the Kremlin was wiretapping his client illegally.  Kuznetsov never revealed any confidential Kremlin information to the press or to a foreign government as Snowden did.

Kalugin was a KGB officer who defected to the U.S.  The Kremlin’s beef with him is that he testified in court against an American charged with spying for Russia.  Once again, Kalugin revealed no Russian secrets to any foreign power or to the media, he merely helped Americans convict an American spy.

The U.S. government has no intention of prosecuting Snowden for any statements he might make in court. He’s free to appear in any Russian or American court and give whatever testimony he desires to give.  The U.S. government wants to prosecute Snowden for speaking to a journalist for the Guardian and handing over to him vast quantities of classified documents and then fleeing to American enemies and quite possible providing still more information to them.

Vladimir Putin himself has openly stated that this conduct was reprehensible and that Snowden may not stay in Russia if he continues it.  The notion that Snowden is any any way remotely similar to Kuznetsov or Kalugin is farcical and could only come from the neo-Soviet propagandists who are detached from reality and prepared to say anything, no matter how ludicrous, in order to try to deflect blame for their actions.

A Lying Idiot Named CONOR FRIEDERSDORF

Over on the Atlantic magazine, a lying idiot named Conor Friedersdorf proposes a “thought experiment” in which he posits that the USA would give a Russian Snowden asylum if he appeared at JFK, so it can’t fault Russia for doing the same.

Mr. Friedersdorf’s intellectual dishonesty is truly breathtaking.  It brands him as an extreme right-winger in the mold of lunatic freaks like Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, fringe occupiers who lose no opportunity to rationalize, justify and embrace the homicidal Putin regime, which Jay Leno recently branded as behaving just like Nazi Germany. It is the likes of Buchanan, Paul and Friedersdorf who force Reagan conservatives to defend the likes of Barack Obama.

Mr. Friedersdorf’s “thought experiment” unfortunately doesn’t include asking how Russia would respond if the USA did offer a Russian Snowden political asylum, which is the only question that matters because it’s the question the USA is faced with:  How to respond to the giving of asylum, not whether to give asylum itself.

WWRD? What would Russia do? Mr. Friedersdorf doesn’t care to ask, and that failure immediately and totally discredits him.

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