Putin’s Electronic Crackdown, Part II

Is there a bigger hypocrite on planet Earth than Edward Snowden? Or a more logical place for him to live than Russia, a nation of hypocrites?

No sooner had Snowden arrived in Moscow than Vladimir Putin had embarked on a massive surveillance campaign aimed at Olympic athletes and visitors.  Yet Snowden does not have a word to say about this campaign.  Has this man no shame at all? He’s silent, of course, because he cares nothing about the values of freedom, he cares about attacking the United States. When a country that hates the United States uses surveillance, that’s just fine with Snowden.  The notion that Snowden is some kind of freedom fighter is absolute hogwash.

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker website, LR founder and publisher Kim Zigfeld offers a second installment in her overview of Russia’s neo-Soviet crackdown on freedom of expression. Last week, her AT piece focused on Putin’s effort to take over the Internet through establishing of propaganda websites; this week she takes a look at Putin’s efforts to subvert Internet searching and electronically monitor all Russian citizens, using the Olympic games as a test case.