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Rick Moran


July 13, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Frankly, I don’t know how much of this threat is typical Greenwald bombast and how much is real.

But there’s no doubting that Edward Snowden has embarrassed the government beyond any other revelations from a leaker, including the Wikileaks cables, have and that if anyone did have information that would end up being the government’s “worst nightmare,” Snowden would be that guy.

Reuters reports:

Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States’ “worst nightmare” if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst.

“Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.

“The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.”

Snowden, who is sought by Washington on espionage charges after revealing details of secret surveillance programs, has been stranded at a Moscow airport since June 23 and is now seeking refuge in Russia until he can secure safe passage to Latin America, where several counties have offered him asylum.

Greenwald told Reuters on Tuesday that Snowden would likely accept asylum in Venezuela, one of three Latin American countries that have made that offer.

Snowden’s leaks on U.S. spying secrets, including eavesdropping on global email traffic, have upset Washington’s friends and foes alike.

Latin American leaders lashed out at the United States after Greenwald reported in a Brazilian newspaper that the U.S. targeted most of the region with spying programs that monitored Internet traffic.

Washington has urged nations not to give Snowden safe passage.

Greenwald said in his interview with La Nacion that documents Snowden has tucked away in different parts of the world detail which U.S. spy programs capture transmissions in Latin America and how they work.

“One way of intercepting communications is through a telephone company in the United States that has contracts with telecommunications companies in most Latin American countries,” Greenwald said, without specifying which company.

I would think that if Snowden knows the names and locations of our intelligence assets in certain parts of the world, that might constitute our “worst nightmare.” Otherwise, methods of gathering intelligence, once exposed, would cause a major inconvenience for a few months, but probably not permanently affect our ability to snoop. Networks could be rebuilt with difficulty, but eventually we’d have the same capabilities that we started with.

Is Snowden paranoid to believe he might be in danger? I would think he’d be in far greater danger from some other country’s intelligence agents (who would love to get a hold of him for purposes of wringing from him valuable intel) than from the U.S. government. If he takes a bullet, who’s going to believe it wasn’t the U.S.?

It seems a certainty that we are in for a long period of revelations from Mr. Snowden, which in and of itself might constitute the U.S. government’s worst nightmare.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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If you start with the assumption that everything Obama says is a lie, all this makes pretty good sense. The problem is the left believed him. I still can't get over how transparently obvious Obama's lying "promise" was concerning stopping all this Bushian spying, and then increasing it tenfold.

As a conservative, I'm deeply disappointed in what Bush started --including the department of Homeland Security.

I fear, no matter who's in office, that the federal government's reach and power will only grow.

We had the presidency and both houses of Congress nothing got smaller. It only grew more dangerous.
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I think Snowdon is different than Assange. I'm an American long resident in Australia and I know many here who believe as Assange (and Greenwald). It was just the kind of prose quoted above by EJO1 from Assange that finished me forever with that segment of left. Snowdon says he voted for Obama and was bitterly disappointed that he did not roll back the spying programs that were developed in response to 9/11. Like many American leftists he appears completely ignorant of how deeply the international left hates America.I have had Australians tell me they would prefer Chinese hegemony to American. In a nutshell, the US defeated communism, and they desperately want to reverse that. I believe he is discovering that people like Assange and Greenwald are not the allies he thought they were and that the only countries that will grant him asylum are the Gilbert and Sullivan Marxist republics of South America which have less freedom than the US - and the US is not exactly shining these days.

As to the info Snowdon has I hope he was smart enough not to give it all to Greenwald and Assange or the WaPo, but has it hidden on the Net with a deadman switch in place. That is his protection. I am not sure he would have put all the info on laptops and thumb drives and then waltzed into Hong Kong thinking he could maintain physical control. I think he has held back information from everyone so far because that is his best chance for staying alive and free and his best bargaining chip against the US government. Lots more to happen before we find out how this plays out and what damage is finally done to US interests.

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The greatest danger is from the Obama regime: to intimidate other potential whistle blowers that they will be hunted down. At this point Snowden is more of an embarrassment to Obama and the NSA than danger to the US.
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Snowden is literally an existential danger to intelligence sources and their locations if Snowden actually knows this information and he's encrypted these details in undisclosed locations and actually releases that life-threatening information. Or, someone else acts as Snowden's proxy.

Personally, repeating what I've said elsewhere, this self centered, smug Snowden ought be skinned alive, slowly, and as "transparently" as possible.

He's bitten off far more than he can chew, and any country which accepts him as a resident will also have bitten off more than they can chew. Wasn't it Putin or one of those other former Soviet officials who has called Snowden a "hot potato"? Putin certainly has the experience to know.
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The point is whatever he's gotten out, are already in the pockets of the Chinese and the Russian intelligence. Whatever damages he might have caused have already happened. The danger now is from the Russians, the Chinese, and sundry big and little dictators, not from Snowden. As the lady said: What difference at this point does it make? Except as an embarrassment to Obama who was so self righteous about how he would get rid of Bush's threat to civil liberty. Snowden reminds us daily of Obama's hypocrisy, and the voters' stupidity.
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Actually, both Obama and Snowden are extremely dangerous, as they are both dyed-in-the-wool Marxists. I'm not kidding. Look here:

I even copied the article content in another topic just in case you or FeralCat didn't believe me:

"Assange begins with an interesting admission:

" The original cypherpunks were mostly Californian libertarians. I was from a different tradition…

"The link between anti-military libertarians and anti-military leftists continues with Ron Paul supporter Edward Snowden working with anti-imperialist internationalists like Assange, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald as we speak. Their common cause is not to protect America's freedoms but to destroy the military dominance of the United States in order to free the world from what this group sees as the oppressive force of what they call the American empire.

"Latin America is a big focus of Assange's piece. This is especially important, since Snowden may be bringing his classified information, training, and skill set to Latin America at the behest of Assange. Assange writes:

" The struggle for Latin American self-determination is important for many more people than live in Latin America, because it shows the rest of the world that it can be done. But Latin American independence is still in its infancy. Attempts at subversion of Latin American democracy are still happening, including most recently in Honduras, Haiti, Ecuador and Venezuela.

"Assange's talk about the "struggle for Latin American self-determination" makes it clear that the "tradition" he comes out of is Marxism and more specifically Leninism. Vladimir Lenin laid out the importance of destroying capitalist imperialism in his 1916 essay "The Socialist Revolution and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination." This view of "rights" as a thing belonging to states, not just individuals, is a running theme in Assange's Guardian piece.

"What about the rights of the individuals when a state "self determines" to nationalize private property or seize control of communications? Assange is mute on that point.

"This explicitly socialist view of imperialist America trampling on the rights of the world is a common thread that has run through the Snowden story and its attacks on American military intelligence gathering. America as empire is a common theme with Greenwald, who constantly refers to that concept in pieces throughout his career with titles like "Collapsing Empire Watch" and "Will America Do Anything to Preserve Its Empire?," all part of the overarching narrative that capitalism and imperialism as exemplified by the United States is falling apart before our eyes. "

If you still think Snowden is not a threat comparable to Obama, even after reading the above, I have no other option but to believe you as a Marxist. We spent the latter half of the 20th century trying to get rid of Marxism in all its forms, especially the Soviet Union. The only mistakes I can say we made is not ensuring we got rid of Red China and not ensuring ALL Communist countries were gone, not just the Soviet Union (that means getting rid of North Korea, Vietnam, Red China, Cuba, and the like). Anyone who supports a marxist traitor is a Marxist himself. I will make sure both Snowden AND Obama are eliminated, as well as any and all Communist countries of all stripes: Every single Christian who were brutally slaughtered by them since the French Revolution (Yes, even before the Father of Socialism himself was born, the world had a Communist revolution back then, backed by Sade/Rousseau/Voltaire. Marx even directly inspired his manifesto from the French Revolution and the carnage that had ensued) deserves the Communists destruction.
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Hey, you have to break a few eggs to make the omelette.
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"he’d be in far greater danger from some other country’s intelligence agents who would love to get a hold of him for purposes of wringing from him valuable intel"
Don't think the Russians and the Chinese have already done that? How naïve!
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